X|NEWS: Shopping Malls Re-open in Dubai
According to an article published in the UAE’s biggest English daily broadsheet The National, The malls will be open from 12pm to 10pm, and entertainment options such as cinemas will remain closed.
The article continues:
While it was officially able to open from Friday, the first day of Ramadan, Dubai Mall will only partially re-open its doors on Tuesday, April 28.
"The health and safety of our customers, employees and tenants remains our top priority," the mall announced, saying it is "undertaking extensive preparations in order to be able to safely re-open".
The UAE's largest mall will be open from 12pm to 10pm.
Those over 60, and children between three and 12 cannot visit malls, and shoppers must wear masks. People should expect heightened safety measures: for instance, every person entering the shopping complexes will have their temperature checked.
Government guidelines mean malls may only allow 30 per cent of the usual capacity of shoppers to enter at any given time.
Ibn Battuta to re-open on Monday
Nakheel Malls has announced that its shopping centres will partially re-open this week, too.
The restaurants at Club Vista Mare have re-opened, while Golden Mile Galleria opened on Sunday.
On Monday, April 27 the larger malls will re-open: these are Ibn Battuta Mall, Nakheel Mall and Dragon Mart. The Pointe will then re-open on Wednesday, April 29.
All of the malls will be open from 12pm to 10pm, and there will be a 30 per cent increase in security staff. Sanitisation tunnels will be installed in the larger malls for key workers, such as delivery drivers. High-touch points will be sterilised at least every 30 minutes.
Nakheel Malls say it will soon be launching a service so that customers can order goods online and pick them up at dedicated collection points so they needn’t walk through the mall.
Mall of the Emirates partially reopens
Mall of the Emirates has announced that it is partially reopen, operating from 12pm to 10pm (but entertainment facilities such as Ski Dubai and cinemas remain closed). Shoppers are allowed a maximum of three hours in the mall, and valet parking is temporarily closed.
People are still encouraged to only go to the mall if essential, and many of the items in Mall of the Emirates can be bought online via a marketplace launched on Friday, April 24.
Majid Al Futtaim says the marketplace hosts 250,000 products, and has brands such as Borders, Lush and Jysk selling products online via the Carrefour site.
City Centre Mirdiff has also announced that it is now partially reopen, saying that from Saturday, April 25 to Tuesday, June 30 the mall will be open from 12pm to 10pm. As at Mall of the Emirates, valet parking is not available, cinemas aren't operating and changing rooms and prayer rooms are closed.
Burjuman in Bur Dubai has also told retailers it will reopen from Saturday, April 25.