The governing body overseeing Dubai’s business in the emirate has directed that all private sector workers should work from home.
Dubai Economy, in an announcement on Twitter, said, “all private sector companies and commercial establishments, excluding pharmacies, cooperative societies, grocery stores and supermarkets, [are] to adhere to implementing remote working system for 80 percent of their employees from today to Thursday April 9 2020”.
They said the announcement was part of precautionary measures to protect the public from the spread of coronavirus.
Earlier in March, the UAE announced that it was activating its remote work system for federal employees for an extendable two week period from Sunday, March 15.
Similar initiatives have been launched for government employees across the country, including both Dubai and Abu Dhabi.
Earlier this week, in the absence of a government directive, Dubai Chamber urged private sector companies to implement remote working for employees.
The number of coronavirus cases in the UAE is growing, with 85 new ones announced today, bringing the total to 333.
Airlines have been grounded across the country and people have been asked to stay in the homes, unless necessary, as the UAE tries to stop the spread of the disease.