Luxury LifeStyle – Dubai blamed for spreading Covid abroad after influencers and tourists lapped up its party lifestyle
Another British Instagram star, James Lock, posted a video on Thursday of a trip to an indoor ski slope.
He also posted a picture of himself posing on a sun-bleached rooftop with the caption “every sunset is an opportunity to reset.”
Sophia Peschisolido, a British Instagram influencer and the daughter of Baroness Brady, has also been posting content from the UAE.
Amy Wilson, a make-up artist and influencer from Sheffield, said she had managed to get a flight out of Dubai just before the UK travel ban came into effect.
“Can’t believe how lucky me and Jack have been with flights. Got back from Turkey two hours before the quarantine deadline and getting the last flight home from Dubai before the UK closes its borders to the UAE,” she wrote on Twitter.
But Honey Evans, an influencer from Leeds, said she would be riding out the pandemic in Dubai for the time being.
She posted on Twitter: “Flights from Dubai to the UK are banned. Guess I have no choice but to stay out here. Shame.’
A Dubai spokesman has defended the decision to reopen the tourism industry and insists that the situation is under control.
“After a year of managing the pandemic, we can confidently say the current situation is under control and we have our plans to surge any capacity in the health care system should a need rise,” they said in a statement.
However a former finance chief, Nasser al-Shaikh, criticised the government’s response in a post on Twitter.
“The leadership bases its decisions on recommendations from the team, the wrong recommendations which put human souls in danger and negatively affect our society,” he said.
Britain announced the UAE travel ban at 5pm on Thursday which gave the estimated 10,000 Britons based in Dubai just 24 hours to return if they wished to do so.
Returning passengers must present a negative Covid test or face a fine of up to £500, Grant Shapps, the UK transport secretary, said.
The UK has also updated its travel rules so that business trips to Dubai are no longer considered “essential.”