Reopening responsibly: DIFC becomes 100% operational


Dubai International Finance Centre (DIFC), the region’s largest financial centre, has fully become fully operation following the disruption and lockdowns imposed due to the outbreak of coronavirus pandemic.

Arif Amiri, chief executive officer of Dubai International Financial Centre Authority, said precautionary and social distance measures will remain in place in line with the instructions from the Dubai authorities to contain the spread of Covid-19.

“I am pleased to let you know that premises across the Centre are now able to fully open. Entities based in DIFC can now operate at 100 per cent capacity. Like me, I am sure many clients are looking forward to returning to work here as well as making use of the world-class restaurants, cafes, retailers and art galleries,” he said.

“Whilst day-to-day working environments will feel different, changes are being made in the interests of the health and wellbeing of everyone. Precautionary and social distancing measures remain in place. All requirements for people working and visiting are consistent with the rest of Dubai. These may be supported by additional local and global standards that your company has established,” he said in an e-mail to the free zone’s community members.

The free zone housed 2,437 companies and 25,600 workforce at the end of 2019.

Government offices in Dubai will be operate at 100 per cent of their capacity from June 14, it has been confirmed. Dubai government had allowed private sector and malls to operate at 100 per cent capacity from June 3, 2020.

“With finance being one of the main contributors to Dubai’s economy, I’m sure every person supporting the sector is working incredibly hard to regain any lost momentum, closing deals before the quarter ends and planning for the remainder of 2020. We remain fully committed to helping our clients grow, both in the near term as the Covid-19 situation improves, and in the future,” said Amiri.

He pointed out that DIFC’s stimulus packages remain available until the end of June 2020.

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