Thermometers in hand, Dubai opens for tourists amid pandemic

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In this Monday, July 6, 2020 photograph, a front desk employee wearing a mask due to the coronavirus pandemic works on his computer at the Rove City Centre Hotel in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, Monday, July 6, 2020. Dubai reopened for tourists Tuesday amid the coronavirus pandemic, hoping to reinvigorate a vital industry for this city-state before its crucial winter tourist season. (AP Photo/Jon Gambrell)

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DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Dubai is trumpeting the fact that it has reopened for tourism despite the coronavirus pandemic.

The city-state wants to begin coaxing people back to its beaches and its cavernous shopping malls. But travel remains risky, with outbreaks hitting nations that Dubai relies on for tourists.

By instilling the idea that Dubai is safe, authorities hope to fuel interest in the sheikhdom ahead of its crucial winter months for tourism. However, all that depends on controlling a virus that the United Arab Emirates as a whole continues to fight.

Dubai is wagering it is ready — with thermometers, mandatory face masks and hand sanitizer.

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