More UAE shopping malls reopen

RetailME Bureau

More UAE shopping malls and commercial establishments have reopened in Abu Dhabi and Sharjah following the reopening of malls last week in Dubai.

Abu Dhabi-based Aldar Properties have announced the reopening of Yas Mall and Al Jimi Mall effective May 2. Other malls within its retail portfolio, World Trade Center Abu Dhabi (WTC), Shams Boutik at Al Reem Island, and Remal Mall in Al Ain will follow once inspections are completed.

The new directive issued by the Abu Dhabi Department of Economic Development (DED) will allow retail stores to open in addition to the pharmacies, grocery stores and supermarkets which have been trading uninterrupted. Beauty and grooming salons will open for hair and nail appointments only with appropriate social distancing measures in place. Entertainment venues will remain closed, while food and beverage outlets can accommodate diners in groups of up to two persons per table and run the outlets at maximum 30% capacity. Take-away and home delivery service will still be available at these outlets.

“Our priority has always been to ensure the safety and well-being of our visitors, tenants and employees. We have been working closely with the authorities to ensure that our assets fulfil the safety requirements. I am pleased to announce that after accomplishing all the guidelines from DED and ensuring the safest shopping environment, Yas Mall and Al Jimi Mall are opening their doors on May 2,” says Saoud Khoory, executive director of retail management at Aldar.

In the meanwhile, commercial establishments, including shopping malls, salons and eateries reopened on Saturday, May 3, in Sharjah.

According to the Sharjah Economic Development Department (SEDD).commercial centres will operate from 12 noon to 9 pm, while food stores and pharmacies will work round the clock.

“Circulars are sent to all establishments in the emirate about the measures to be adhered to after the reopening. This includes maintaining an occupancy ceiling of 30% in all common areas at commercial centres and installing instruction signboards at the entrance of premises with the number of visitors allowed and social distancing regulations,” states a SEDD official.

He stressed that the SEDD, in coordination with the Sharjah Municipality, will carry out intensified inspections targeting establishments to ensure their adherence to the new rules and guidelines aimed at limiting the spread of Covid-19.