By Sam Bridge
Revised hours announced for Ibn Battuta Mall, Nakheel Mall, while Carrefour says operating normal hours but introducing new measures to stop virus spread
Retail destinations in the Nakheel Malls portfolio are changing their operational hours on Monday and Tuesday ahead of a two-week closure announced earlier by the UAE government.
Supermarkets, clinics and pharmacies will continue to operate normally but other retailers will only open from midday to 8pm, the Nakheel unit said in a statement related to the coronavirus outbreak.
As per government directives, restaurants will operate a delivery service only, it added.
The revised hours apply to Ibn Battuta Mall, Nakheel Mall, Nakheel community Pavilions and Dragon Mart.
Under government directives relating to preventing the spread of the coronavirus, all malls will close for two weeks from Wednesday, with supermarkets, clinics and pharmacies remaining open and F&B outlets operating a delivery service only.
Separately, Carrefour said in a statement that all its stores remain open and operating regular times.
"We encourage all our valued customers to shop responsibly and be mindful of others. We have full confidence in our stock and supply chain and we continue to monitor stock levels to ensure we adequately cater to customer needs," said Philippe Peguilhan, country manager of Carrefour UAE at Majid Al Futtaim Retail.
"We are also working closely with suppliers to ensure that essential products remain at reasonable prices so that our customers don’t experience an increase in their shopping bills."
He added that Carrefour is adding measures to ensure social distancing and preserve the health of our customers and employees.
This includes placing acrylic glass screens at checkout counters to reduce contact, and instructional signage to guide customers on the best social distancing practices.