Reopening responsibly: Dubai allows 100% government staff to be back in office from June 14

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Dubai - 50% employees allowed in offices by May 31.

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By Wam

Published: Wed 27 May 2020, 4:57 PM

Last updated: Sun 12 Jul 2020, 1:10 AM

Government offices in Dubai will be allowed to function at full, 100 per cent of their capacity, it has been confirmed.

The decision was announced on Twitter by Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Dubai Crown Prince and chairman of the Executive Council.
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"Under the directives of @HHShkMohd, today we approved a decision that allows 50% of Dubai government employees to resume work at offices from Sunday, May 31, and 100% from June 14, 2020,  as we continue our gradual return to normal life with intensified precautionary measures," he said.

Sheikh Hamdan said the decision comes as the emirate's wise investment in preparing for the future has paid off earlier than expected. "Our investments in the future paid off sooner than expected. It is reassuring to know we're heading in the right direction. Now, we're encouraged to redouble efforts, to accelerate our digital transformation for Dubai to become a model smart city, forever exceeding expectations," Sheikh Hamdan said.

"In the past months, the Dubai government has proven its full capability to work remotely, within smart environments that rely on highly efficient technologies & infrastructure. None of the vital services were affected despite the precautionary measures and movement restrictions imposed," the Dubai Crown Prince added.
The Crown Prince affirmed that all precautionary measures will be stringently implemented and closely monitored to ensure compliance.
He explained that the decision is consistent with the Government of Dubai's measured approach to protecting the health and safety of citizens and residents and reopening the economy. The Government is committed to supporting economic sectors and those impacted by the repercussions of the global crisis.
"Dubai's highly efficient technology infrastructure has set an example for the world in managing crisis and finding innovative solutions for supporting the economy and protecting the community."
Sheikh Hamdan stressed that all government entities in Dubai must be fully committed to enforcing precautionary measures to protect the wellbeing of employees and customers.
"The leadership places the highest priority on the health and safety of the community."
Abdullah Ali bin Zayed Al Falasi, Director General of the Dubai Government Human Resources Department, said the decision allows some employees to continue working remotely from home. These include the elderly, employees with underlying health and chronic conditions, people of determination, pregnant women and those with compromised immunity.
Al Falasi stressed on the importance of encouraging customers to use smart solutions to obtain government services, which help ensure both employees and customers are protected.
The HR department will issue a circular at a later date to all Dubai government entities outlining details of the measures related to resumption of full operations at the office.
Dubai reopened most commercial activities on May 27 with revised movement restriction timings as the UAE combats coronavirus Covid-19.

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