Watch: Trailer of new documentary that chronicles Dubai's fight against Covid-19
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Watch: Trailer of new documentary that chronicles Dubai’s fight against Covid-19

Watch: Trailer of new documentary that chronicles Dubai’s fight against Covid-19

The first segment of the two-part documentary will air on Discovery on May 7


A new two-part documentary that chronicles Dubai’s fight against the Covid-19 pandemic is set to debut next month.

The Government of Dubai Media Office (GDMO), in partnership with Discovery, will launch the documentary called Covid19: Dubai.

The first part will air exclusively on Discovery on May 7. The second part will air on May 14. From mid-May onwards it will show on discovery+ too.

The documentary, featuring two 45-minute episodes, highlights the emirate’s response to the pandemic, the health measures that were put in place and the way the city, community and leadership responded to mitigate the impact of the virus.

The documentary features conversations with the emirate’s decision-makers as well as frontline workers who had to find ways to deal with a novel virus that medical institutions around the world had little information on in the early months of the pandemic.

It also follows home-schooled children and their parents and shares the challenges faced by the business community too as Dubai navigated its way through the unprecedented crisis.

The new trailed released by Dubai Media Office showcases snippets of visuals from inside the hospitals where critical patients were being treated, the decision-making process followed by doctors and nurses, the initial reaction of the community to the virus, as well as insights from the police, and other stakeholders who coordinated their efforts to respond to the crisis.

The documentary also reportedly showcases how Dubai residents adjusted to the new normal. “We are pleased to collaborate with Discovery to share Dubai’s remarkable journey and proactive approach in combating the Covid-19 pandemic. Through each episode, the documentary depicts the resilience of the emirate and its community, and showcases how each and every member of society has been part of the story of Dubai’s success in overcoming the crisis,” said Mona Al Marri, director general of the Government of Dubai Media Office.

Lee Hobbs, senior vice president of Pay TV, Global Brands and discovery+ for Europe, Middle East and Africa at Warner Bros. Discovery, added: “The world’s battle against Covid-19 has been relentless, with efforts continuously evolving as time goes on. Dubai has been unique in its approach, facing the pandemic head-on and being amongst the first in the world to undergo an extensive vaccination programme. The documentary celebrates the heroes of the pandemic, from those on the frontline, to the family heroes who took on homeschooling and caring for others.”

Since the start of the pandemic, the UAE as a whole has reported a total of 896,141 cases as of April 20. The country also has a high vaccination rate. The Ministry of Health and Prevention (MoHAP) said that the total number of doses provided as of Wednesday stood at 24,665,641 with a  vaccine distribution rate of 249.39 doses per 100 people.

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