Dubai, Party Haven Amid Pandemic, Faces Its Biggest Surge

Tourists look at the skyline at sunset, in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, Tuesday, Jan. 12, 2021. Since becoming one of the world's first destinations to open up for tourism, Dubai has promoted itself as the ideal pandemic vacation spot. With peak tourism season in full swing, coronavirus infections are surging to unprecedented heights, with daily case counts nearly tripling in the past month, but in the face of a growing economic crisis, the city won't lock down and can't afford to stand still. (AP Photo/Kamran Jebreili)

(AP) — Coronavirus infections are surging to unprecedented heights in the United Arab Emirates. The daily virus case count has nearly tripled in the last month but Dubai cannot afford to shut down, particularly during its peak winter season. The virus is shaking the foundations of the city-state’s economy.

Dubai is known for its cavernous malls, frenetic construction and legions of foreign workers. The city was built on the promise of globalization; its economy draws from the aviation, hospitality and retail sectors — all hard hit by the virus. Authorities are seizing on the country’s mass vaccine rollout as the only way to contain the outbreak.


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