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Dubai Tourism refutes reports on hospitality job losses

Dubai Tourism & Commerce Marketing spokesperson said that the hospitality sector remains 'healthy' and will emerge from the Covid-19 stronger than before

Dubai Tourism refutes reports on hospitality job losses

“Dubai’s hotel sector is healthy and this prudent approach prepares the industry for an even stronger resurgence post Covid,” the Dubai Tourism spokesperson said.

Dubai Tourism & Commerce Marketing has refuted media reports that approximately 30 percent of workers in the UAE’s hospitality industry are likely to lose their jobs as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic.

Citing statistics from research firm STR Global, Bloomberg reported that 43,000 hotel rooms – approximately a third of the emirate’s total room keys – will remain closed until September.

In an interview with Bloomberg, STR’s Middle East and Africa director, Philip Wooller, said that he estimates that 40,000 people are employed in the hospitality industry, of whom he believes that one-third will lose their jobs.

Dubai Tourism & Commerce Marketing, however, refuted the claims through Dubai Media Office. 

“Contrary to Bloomberg’s assertion, Dubai’s hospitality businesses are resuming operations based on issued government reopening guidelines during this pandemic,” a Dubai Tourism & Commerce Marketing spokesperson was quoted as saying.

“Dubai’s hotel sector is healthy and this prudent approach prepares the industry for an even stronger resurgence post Covid,” the spokesperson added.

“Guided by the expert advice of our team of advisors, we have been gradually restarted various economic sectors and services to ensure continued economic resilience.”

Tourism contributed 11.5 percent to Dubai’s economic output in 2019 as 16.7 million tourists visited the city, according to government statistics.

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