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Jamil Khan, Senior Reporter
The central fresh food and vegetable market in Al Aweer, Dubai, has been witnessing an increase in the number of visitors while the vendors and workers are expecting to see the ‘normal rush’ soon in their market.
Talking to Gulf Today, traders of fresh fruits and vegetables stalls in one of the retail space in the market said that the recent change in the timing of national sanitisation campaign in the country has been helping the retailers in the market to deal with increasing number of customers of fresh produce.
“Last month, we had short hours of retailers as everyone has to reach their homes before 8pm but now the deadline has been increased to 11pm we are now at ease as majority of customers are coming to buying fresh produce in the evening hours after finishing their office hours,” said Shakeeb Akhtar, a fresh fruit and vegetable vendor.
Another worker in the market said that the prices are good and the number of visitor of the market have been increasing but still we are waiting for more people.
However, Dubai Outlet Mall has been taking all precautionary measures and steps since January 2020 such as awareness communication, regular sanitisation, sterilisation and disinfectant protocols to limit, contain and curtail the spread of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19).
“Shopping malls play an important role in the normal Dubai lifestyle and DOM is well prepared (as per all relevant guidelines and safety precautions ) to welcome its regular customers and visitors,” said Vishal Mahajan, Director Dubai Outlet Mall.
The mall is implementing all measures such as thermal scanners for its customers & staffs, 24 hour sanitisation of common areas, social distancing policies, signages for visitors and staff to wear masks and gloves, elevators to be used by people with disabilities with social distancing of 2 metres.
A recent report by the Business Registration & Licensing (BRL) sector in the Dubai Economy stated that the number of operating businesses in the field of vegetable and fruit trading has reached 2,495 including 557 companies
The Ministry stressed in a statement on Saturday that, its aim to continue expanding the scope of testing nationwide to facilitate the early detection of coronavirus cases and carry out the necessary treatment.
The Dubai Health Authority (DHA) has included new categories of people who can book an appointment for vaccination.
Priority would be given to those who are registered in the Hajj electronic system and whose data have been previously updated.
"The FNC is confident that the UAE, under President His Highness Sheikh Mohamed, will see a new era of achievements and development. The country will continue to be the nation of giving, tolerance, safety and security," Ghobash said.
The move, which will bring total available funding for projects over the next 15 months to $30 billion, was unveiled hours before a major United Nations meeting on global food security.