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Is Dubai’s party over? Record Covid cases spark fears of new lockdown


Fireworks emanate from the Burj Khalifah tower in Dubai during the Dec. 31, 2020 New Year’s Eve celebrations, which attracted thousands of tourists and saw relaxed restrictions on social gatherings, allowing up to 30 people to gather per household. AFP via Getty Images

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates — On the surface, Dubai’s party scene feels as vibrant as ever — bustling restaurants and bars, beaches and hotel pools occupied by relaxed residents and tourists taking in the winter sun. 

But daily record-hitting Covid-19 infections in the Middle East’s commercial and holiday hub have made chatter of a potential new lockdown unavoidable.  

“It’s getting really bad. How long did they think…


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