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KT edit: Dubai builds bridges of hope via aviation

Filed on June 23, 2020

There was a clear plan to contain the pandemic when cases were first detected in the city. It was both cautious and dynamic.

Dubai's speedy recovery from the pandemic should give it a spring in the step this summer. Normally people move out during the warmer months but this time it's different in this sprightly metropolis that is keen to make up for the three months lost during the health crisis that has crippled global travel. International commercial flights will resume slowly from July 7 from this centre of aviation with safety measures in place that could give a boost to the airline industry and tourism sector that have been among the two hit hardest when countries shut down commercial aviation to prevent the spread of the coronavirus. 

Dubai is not just back in business, it is also ready to welcome visitors and tourists with safety protocols in place. What sets this business, aviation, shipping, trade and logistics hub apart from other cities can be summed up in two words - strategy and vision. There was a clear plan to contain the pandemic when cases were first detected in the city. It was both cautious and dynamic. Strategic thinking and proactive action helped in bringing clusters of infections down quickly without impacting the quality of life in surrounding areas. Disinfection missions, contact tracing and treatment campaigns were run with the support of medical professionals, government leaders and communities. 

The city came together during the health crisis and is now gearing up to welcome people from different parts of the world again. On Monday, Emirates, the city's leading brand that is credited with making the UAE and Dubai a global destination, exuded confidence in the emirate's ability to soar again. The pandemic will not ground us for long, was the message from the airline's chief Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al Maktoum. Like we said earlier, this rapid recovery was all based on the sound strategy that has been charted out by His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai. The implementation of the strategy went like a dream. There was constant review and course correction for an early resumption of life and business. What must be understood here is that Dubai never gave up on its vision in the thick of the crisis. The leadership remained ambitious in the emirate's ability to deliver because the strategy was intertwined with restoring the health of people who were sickened by the virus. Some flights are already operating from the city and services will be expanded with safe zones across the world. From connecting the people, Dubai has innovated to create aviation bridges of hope during the pandemic.


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