The United Arab Emirates has claimed to have already vaccinated some 2.5 million of its population of about 10 million. It is the second highest rate globally after Israel.
Gates Hospitality, the owner of a restaurant in UAE, offering a 10 per cent discount to residents who have taken the first dose of a vaccine and a 20 per cent discount to those who have taken two.
Customers will have to show proof of inoculation such as a medical certificate to avail the discount. However, not everyone welcomed the move. But there were plenty who were in favour of it.
“There’s two ways to look at it, either it’s another marketing stunt, or a genuine motivation to get more people vaccinated,” said one tweet.
The UAE started mass inoculations in December after approving vaccines made by Chinese firm Sinopharm and US drugmaker Pfizer and its German partner BioNTech.
Dubai has also reopened its borders to visitors in July. On Sunday, the UAE announced 3,579 Covid-19 cases, a new high for the thirteenth consecutive day. It has so far recorded over 277,000 infections, including 792 deaths.