Supermarkets, food outlets, groceries and pharmacies will be allowed to operate round the clock
UAE has reported 8,756 cases of coronavirus and 56 deaths
The United Arab Emirates decided on Thursday to reopen malls, cafes and restaurants and ease lockdown restrictions imposed last month to prevent the spread of coronavirus on the occasion of Ramadan.
Curfew will be from 10 pm to 6 am while malls will be allowed to operate for 10 hours daily starting from midday on Friday, the first day of the Muslim fasting month, an official statement cited by the state-run WAM news agency said.
UAE has reported 8,756 cases of coronavirus and 56 deaths.
The restrictions have hit businesses hard, particularly retailers who had expected to cater to a rush of Ramadan shoppers.
The move comes as Muslims prepare for the holy month of Ramadan, during which believers fast from dawn to dusk and traditionally gather around a family or community meal each evening.
Dubai's shopping centres include Mall of the Emirates, which has its own indoor ski slope, and Dubai Mall which is one of the world's largest and lies next to Burj Khalifa, the world's tallest structure.
The emirate of Dubai has the most diversified economy in the Gulf which heavily depends on trade, retail, tourism and real estate.
This story has been published from a wire agency feed without modifications to the text. Only the headline has been changed.
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