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UAE combats coronavirus: Abu Dhabi’s Yas Mall, Al Jimi Mall to reopen tomorrow

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Yas Mall and Al Jimi Mall will be the first malls to reopen in Abu Dhabi from Saturday.

Aldar Properties said both malls under its retail portfolio have fulfilled all precautionary requirements set by Abu Dhabi Department of Economic Development.

“The operating hours for malls throughout Ramadan are from 12 pm to 9 pm, with supermarkets and pharmacies open from 9 am to midnight. Malls will operate at a limited customer capacity of 30 per cent, reduced parking space and revised food and beverage operations,” Aldar Properties said. “Re-opening of other malls within Aldar’s retail portfolio, including World Trade Center Abu Dhabi (WTC), Shams Boutik at Al Reem Island, and Remal Mall in Al Ain, will follow once inspections are completed.”

However, seniors over the age of 60 will not be permitted entry. Security robots will be deployed inside the mall to further reduce guest contact, while all customer service needs will be addressed through contactless tablet devices.

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 per cent capacity. Take-away and home delivery service will still be available.

Yas Mall has launched a ‘We Shop For You’ virtual, cashless and convenient way of shopping through the Akyasi service complete with free-of-charge home delivery.

Saoud Khoory, executive director, retail management, Aldar, said: “We look forward to welcoming our guests soon and we will maintain our continuous monitoring and doing everything we can to ensure their wellness.”

The enhanced safety measures that were implemented across the retail portfolio include the installation of thermal cameras, temperature monitoring and on-site paramedics and nurses throughout mall trading hours. All mall staff underwent testing for Covid-19 before returning to work and will have regular temperature tests when on site.  Guests and staff will be required to wear mask and gloves. Also, cashless payment is encouraged to reduce physical contact. All touch screens have been disabled and elevator usage is restricted only for people of determination.