Dubai restaurants are offering discounts to customers vaccinated against coronavirus as the emirate tries to fight the pandemic without closing its doors.
According to its own information, the United Arab Emirates have already vaccinated around 2.5 million of their 10 million inhabitants, the second highest rate worldwide after Israel.
“Spread love, not Rona,” say social media flyers for three restaurants operated by Gates Hospitality. They offer residents who took the first dose of a vaccine a 10 percent discount and a 20 percent discount for those who took two.
Diners must provide proof of vaccination, e.g. B. a medical certificate to receive the discount.
While some people welcomed the move, it raised eyebrows on social media.
“There are two ways to look at it, either another marketing stunt or a real motivation to get more people vaccinated,” said a tweet.
The United Arab Emirates, made up of seven emirates including Dubai, began mass vaccination in December after approving vaccines from Chinese company Sinopharm and US drug maker Pfizer and its German partner BioNTech.
Dubai’s health authority said this week it must cut vaccinations after Pfizer announced delivery delays due to work at its main plant in Belgium. The Sinopharm vaccine is still freely available.
Despite a sharp increase in cases since the New Year, Dubai is still open to tourism and restaurants and services are up, although masking and distancing rules apply.
Over the weekend, guidelines were tightened and the number of people admitted to social gatherings was reduced from 200 to 10. Restaurants and cafes had to increase the distance between the tables from two to three meters.
The dazzling emirate has also suspended non-essential operations in hospitals after a surge in Covid-19 infections.
While other tourist destinations are applying strict restrictions to fight the pandemic, Dubai reopened to visitors in July.
On Sunday, the UAE announced 3,579 Covid-19 cases, a new high for the 13th straight day. So far, over 277,000 infections have been registered, including 792 deaths.
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