Dubai: A superspreader

As many countries tightened lockdowns on the eve of the New Year, Dubai opened its borders to flocks of tourists coming from across the world, branding itself as a sunny, quarantine-free escape hatch.

Football stars, actors and influencers along with thousands of ordinary people flew to the tourist hub to spent the holiday period there. The world's most open city during the coronavirus pandemic provided these travelers and revelers with a bolthole where they could enjoy five-star hotels and restaurants, crowded bars, accessible beaches and other social activities banned in their home countries .

No doubt, the large influx of rich tourists to Dubai brought an economic boost to its moribund economy but soon the party city had to pay a hefty price for it.

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