Businesses in Dubai are expected to see a gradual recovery by the middle of the next year following the disruption of key sectors by the coronavirus pandemic, according to Mohamed Alabbar, chairman of Emaar Properties.
“We have to really go gradually, moving upwards, towards the end of the year, and if there is no major outbreak again then by the middle of next year we are back to normal,” said Alabbar.
He hailed the government’s efforts towards containing the pandemic and agreed that it was time for a phased opening of the economy in a careful manner with strict checks, setting a good example for the world.
The UAE has been easing restrictions on the movement of people. It also allowed shopping malls, commercial centers and small private businesses to open after the sterilisation program. Emaar Properties also opened its landmark Dubai Mall last week under strict guidelines.
Alabbar assured that the emirate will be in a better shape after Covid-19, thanks to its size and status as a commercial hub of the region.
“Dubai is a commercial hub and it depends on businesses from Asia, Russia, Saudi Arabia and Africa. It has a mix of businesses. The global cities are going through this new change and adjustments. Some cities will adjust better than other. With the kind of size of this city and the policies of the government, it will be in a better shape,” Alabbar said during an interview with the CNN.