By Gavin Gibbon
Round-the-clock cleaning also employed in supermarkets and malls
Airport-style thermal scanners have been deployed in shopping malls and supermarkets across the UAE in a bid to prevent the spread of coronavirus.
Customers who record high temperatures will be refused entry and sent to the nearest medical facility for testing.
Deep cleaning efforts have also been stepped up in public places.
Following a meeting between business leaders and government officials, Ahmed Al Khaja, CEO, Dubai Festivals and Retail Establishment (DFRE), said: "The quick and preventive actions taken so far by our partners must be appreciated. It is critical that everyone adheres to the instructions and guidelines issued by the Ministry of Health and Prevention and Dubai Health Authority on this matter.”
According to reports, some establishments have employed round-the-clock cleaning teams to disinfect shopping trolleys, hand rails, elevator buttons and chairs and tables.
Wajeb Al Khoury, director of Line Investments and Property, part of supermarket chain Lulu Group, said up to five scanners have been fixed in malls, including: Al Raha, Al Wahda, Mushrif, Madinat Zayed, and Mazyad malls in Abu Dhabi, as well as at Barari Outlet Mall and Al Foah Mall in Al Ain.
Mohammed Shael Al Saadi, CEO of strategic affairs at Dubai Economy, said: “The retail sector is a key engine of economic growth in Dubai and a major contributor to the emirate’s GDP. We are committed to working closely with the private sector to achieve common goals, in addition to taking steps to protect the retail sector as well as the community and customers it serves.”