Dubai’s ruler Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum on Saturday said the UAE will be the fastest country in the world to recover from the coronavirus pandemic.
The sheikh made the comments on the first day of GITEX, an annual consumer computer and electronics trade show that is one of the first major events to be taking place in person in Dubai since the outbreak of the coronavirus.
“GITEX will be the most important realistic global technical event in 2020 and the UAE will be the fastest country in the world to recover,” Sheikh Mohammed, who is also Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE, said in a Twitter post.
“Our institutions have proven their ability to adapt. We will conclude 2020 with a global event and we will start 2021 with a series of projects and major initiatives,” he added.
The UAE government is promoting a drive towards an economy post-COVID-19 that is based on knowledge, smart technology and advanced sciences, Khaleej Times cited Dubai’s ruler as saying during a meeting with the UAE Ministry of Economy’s task force.
On Friday, the UAE reopened mosques for Friday prayer, with worshippers having to observe strict coronavirus precautions, the National Emergency Crisis and Disaster Management Authority (NCEMA) announced.
The UAE on Saturday reported 1,214 new coronavirus cases after conducting 83,146 tests in the last 24 hours, according to a statement issued by the country’s Ministry of Health and Prevention.
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