Dubai malls on alert for 24-hour shopping

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By Martin Croucher  www.thenational.ae

DUBAI // Store managers were counting their staff yesterday to gauge their ability to cope with 24-hour opening and an extended Eid shopping festival.

Managers of small outlets in malls say the decision will strain current staffing levels if applied across the board.Pawan Singh / The National
Managers of small outlets in malls say the decision will strain current staffing levels if applied across the board.Pawan Singh / The National

“It’s going to be a headache, but we will find a way,” said Barry Martin, general manager of the Shake Shack restaurant in Mall of the Emirates.

The Vice President and Ruler of Dubai, Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid, announced on Saturday that shopping malls would be open 24 hours and the Eid in Dubai shopping festival extended from its usual four days. The festival is expected to last from October 18-28, with Eid Al Adha itself on October 26.

“We welcome our brothers and sisters from the Gulf region and across the world to experience the hospitality and unique cultural experiences that Dubai will offer this Eid,” Sheikh Mohammed said.

Sana Toukan, regional research manager at Euromonitor, said the decision could prove popular with GCC nationals. More info