The UAE retail giant Majid Al Futtaim is to cut operating hours at its shopping malls as it fights the spread of the new coronavirus, known as Covid-19. The move by the company, which runs the Mall of the Emirates and City Centre retail brands in the UAE, comes as the country has so far reported a total of 98 coronavirus infections.

In a letter to retail tenants, Shireen El Khatib, CEO of the company’s shopping mall business unit, said its malls will open from midday to 8pm from Wednesday, exclusing Carrefour, pharmacies and clinics.