Sheikh Hamdan issues statement on COVID-19

His Highness has urged all residents to stay at home

H.H. Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed, Crown Prince of Dubai
H.H. Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed, Crown Prince of Dubai

In an online statement, H.H. Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed, Crown Prince of Dubai has urged people living in the UAE to remain at home.

The prince took to his Instagram account to address the residents of the UAE, while also praising the work done by the country’s emergency response team.

His Highness stressed the importance of staying at home and social distancing, saying it is a critical demand for everyone.

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You can read the full statement below:

“Everyday, we see the global situation around COVID-19 worsening at an exponential pace. However, thanks to the tireless and incredible efforts of our emergency response team, we have managed to protect ourselves and our communities till date. Going forth, maintaining this status needs us all to urgently recognise the seriousness of the new reality we live in. We (Dubai) are not immune.

This pandemic is a very real threat to each and every one of us, our families and friends. The only way to guarantee that we safeguard the wellbeing of our loved ones is to ACT now, TOGETHER and WITHOUT exceptions. Stay Home.

Social Distancing is NOT a matter of choice. it is a critical DEMAND from every one of us, in order for our city and our society to remain safe. Remember that we are only as strong as our weakest link. We're here for you, and trust that we can count on your commitment to act responsibly. #STAYHOME.”

Yesterday the Ministry of Interior and the National Emergency and Crisis and Disasters Management Authority asked all citizens to stay home and only venture out for gather essential supplies.

As more and more take the advice to self–isolate it could prove to be yet another hit to the hospitality industry, already struggling amid travel bans and slumped demand. Preliminary data for March 2020 from STR showed the Dubai hotel market has recorded drops across a number of key metrics. RevPAR, occupancy and ADR were all down compared to March in 2019.

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