The United Arab Emirates has overcome the coronavirus crisis and life is returning to normal, Abu Dhabi Crown Prince Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed said in a video published by official news agency WAM.
“We overcame the COVID-19 crisis and learned many lessons from the experience. As life in the UAE begins to return to normal, we give thanks to God,” the crown prince said in the video.
Reports of new COVID-19 cases in the UAE have been falling steadily since early August.
On Tuesday, the country’s Ministry of Health and Prevention reported 176 new COVID-19 cases in 24 hours, the lowest number for more than a year.
Compulsory mask rules were relaxed for certain areas on September 22, and Abu Dhabi announced new rules for procedures in schools to return to normal based on vaccination rates.
The announcement comes after the Expo 2020 Dubai opened its doors to visitors on Friday.
The world’s fair aims to attract scores of tourists and investors to the Gulf state after the pandemic dealt a blow to its service-heavy economy.