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Dubai Chamber sets up new restaurants organisation to help businesses tackle pandemic downturn

The Dubai Chamber of Commerce and Industry has established the Restaurants Business Group to support the sector amid the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.

Dubai Chamber president and CEO Hamad Buamim said the group will play an essential role in addressing common issues and help industry players navigate new challenges to adapt to the new normal,according to a statement at the end of July.

The non-profit body will be chaired by owner of hospitality franchising company The Tashas Group, Mubarak Bin Fahad.

Restaurants and cafes in the emirate had to suspend operations for a month from March 23, following orders from the Dubai Municipality, as one measure to curb the spread of COVID-19. On April 24 they re-opened under certain conditions, including physical distancing and operating at only 30% seating capacity. The restriction on dine-in capacity was lifted towards the end of May but social distancing measures continued.

The restaurant and hospitality sectors were given a huge boost when Dubai reopened to international visitors on July 7.


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