Research Briefing | Sep 30, 2021

MENA | Coronavirus tracker for the GCC – September update

Coronavirus tracker for the GCC – September update

Expo 2020 starts in the UAE on October 1 and will provide a significant boost to the economy. Although international visitors may be lower than initially hoped numbers should rise over the duration of the Expo if travel restrictions ease around the world. Last year, visitors were willing to come to Dubai when able to.

What you will learn:

  • Although footfall is the most visible and easy to measure sign of success, other benefits that are harder to visualize will accrue over a number of years.
  • For instance, infrastructure built for the Expo will continue to benefit the economy, especially if the site can be successfully regenerated. A successful Expo will
    also help market Dubai as a place to live, work, and invest.
  • With new Covid-19 cases edging down and vaccination rates rising, Qatar will ease remaining public health restrictions on October 3 under the final phase of its plan, which should support domestic activity over the rest of the year.

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