With increasing COVID-19 vaccination rates and falling case numbers, life in the UAE is slowly returning to normal.
In another positive sign of recovery, a new rule change has been implemented for hotels in Dubai.
Per Arabian Business, a circular from the Dubai Corporation of Tourism and Commerce Marketing capacity for hotels in the emirates has now increased.
While it was previously declared that they could operate at a capacity of 70 per cent, this has now increased to 80 per cent capacity.
“We are happy to announce that we have increased the occupancy allowance at the hotels to 80 per cent while adhering to all the precautionary and safety measures and guidelines,” the circular stated, according to Arabian Business.
“Moreover, we highly encourage you to ensure your whole workforce and staff have completed the vaccinations.”
COVID-19 vaccines in the UAE
It was outlined by the UAE earlier this year that the government aimed to have 50 per cent of the population vaccinated by March, a goal which has now been surpassed.
Last month, it was confirmed by Dr. Abdul Rahman bin Mohammad bin Nasser Al Owais, Minister of Health and Prevention, that as of Saturday 56.59 per cent of the eligible population had been vaccinated against COVID-19, while 72.89 per cent of elderly citizens and residents and those with chronic diseases had been inoculated against the disease.
At present, there are four COVID-19 vaccines available in the UAE.
The first vaccine to be approved in the UAE was the Sinophram vaccine, followed by the Pfizer vaccine being permitted in Dubai towards the end of last year.
In January, Russia’s Sputnik V was approved for emergency use. The Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccine was approved for use in Dubai last month.
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