It’s now been 365 days since the first Covid-19 case was confirmed in Dubai, making it the first Middle East country to report the virus.
The first patient was a Chinese woman who was brought in on January 29, 2020 and recovered after two weeks. The 73-year-old woman was on holiday from Wuhan, China, which is where the virus is thought to have originated from.
The first deaths were recorded on March 20, before as we all know, Dubai underwent a strict 11-day sterilisation program.
A night-curfew was then put in place on March 26 while schools were closed from March 8. People wanted answers to so many questions and we tried to bring you information as quickly and informatively as possible.
We covered the pandemic in-depth: from the first outbreak right up until the roll-out of the vaccine. And in total, we’ve written over 170 news articles and features about Covid-19 in Dubai.
And our coverage included everything from cat masks to updating everyone on the latest regulations and from the global effects of Coronavirus to the amazing efforts to get UAE residents back during a global lockdown.
The pandemic has given us a new range of words we casually drop into the conversation and a newfound respect for key workers, doctors and anyone in the front line.
And it gave us views of Dubai that were breath-taking – and hopefully we never have to see Sheikh Zayed Road this empty again!
Check out the celebrations when parts of Dubai registered no new cases. And then imagine what life will be like when we do finally return to a ‘new normal.’
Keep staying safe, keep reading and we’ll keep bringing you the news, memes and essential videos you need to get through another Covid-19 year.