UAE expats have a happy Christmas free from tough lockdowns
If it were not for the compulsory wearing of the mask, constant flasks of sanitizer and social distance laws, steps that will stay in effect as the COVID-19 pandemic progresses, you would be forgiven for assuming that the UAE had a “normal” Christmas, or even prospering. It seems that the Gulf nation, which has a tradition of confounding critics. It has found a balance between retaining the requisite regulations to curb the virus and encouraging citizens and tourists to enjoy the many attractions of the region. Restaurants and hotels are lined and a lot of events are taking place in the emirate to mark the holiday season, much as every other year.
After one of the strangest years in living memory when lockdowns, cancellations, postponements, sickness, and socio-economic problems shook the world, the UAE might well be one of the few countries worldwide to feel a sense of normalcy today.
Christmas will be good this year in the UAE
Even so, because of newly revived lockdowns and travel limits. Many expats in the UAE are also unable to visit their families abroad (or vice versa). So this year they spend Christmas in Dubai differently.
Jennifer Adams, an American finance and business analyst who has lived in Dubai for 15 years, said This. “It is upsetting not to be with family on holidays. Particularly with older relatives.” “We’re very happy to be in the UAE. The weather is beautiful, the situation is under control and, particularly for kids, there are many festive activities.
The Tier 4 restrictions declared by UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson on Sunday Dec. 20 to include a more contagious version of COVID-19 that sent infection rates soaring in the world. They have once again made international travel difficult. In Europe, Asia, South America, the Caribbean and the Middle East. More than 40 countries have limited travel to the UK. The UAE, which continues to share an air transport corridor with the United Kingdom, has not yet confirmed any improvements to passenger flights to or from the United Kingdom. Emirates and Etihad, the UAE airlines, said they were working on their timetable.