Nader Museitif from Hub71 discusses how the UAE can stay competitive in the Middle East start-up space amid the backdrop of the coronavirus crisis.
Mohammed al-Muallem of DP World discusses food security and the UAE's return to "normalcy" amid the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.
Fahad al-Gergawi, CEO of Dubai FDI, says the city has fundamentals that are resilient despite challenges. He also says the emirate has to work closely with investors to support announced FDI projects, which are seeing low realization due to the coronavirus pandemic.
Mina Al-Oraibi from The National breaks down the UAE's post-lockdown strategy as it adapts to the "new normal."
Changes in corporate travel patterns due to the coronavirus could hit airlines hard, but it's "not all bad news" given that there are green shoots on the leisure side, said Mark Manduca of Citi.
Tim Kelly of Atlantis Resorts says roughly two-thirds of guests are "ready to come back" to its Dubai property now, and the resort is working to provide them with a "personalized experience" that assures their comfort and safety.
The coronavirus pandemic has accelerated e-commerce activity in the United Arab Emirates, and online shopping is likely to keep playing a "major role" even as businesses and consumers emerge from lockdown, says Khalfan Belhoul, CEO of the Dubai Future Foundation.
Public beaches in Dubai reopened on May 30, after more than two months of closure.
Despite the significant hit to its core ride-hailing business, Mudassir Sheikha, CEO of Careem, says the firm is well-positioned to "come out stronger" than before and is "doubling down" on other parts of the business such as delivery and payments.
At the worst points of the coronavirus lockdowns, Careem's business was down by more than 80%, CEO Mudassir Sheikha told CNBC.
Neighboring Abu Dhabi, meanwhile, the country's oil-rich capital, remains largely shut down in terms of non-essential business and leisure venues.
Nearly half the restaurants and hotels surveyed by the Dubai Chamber and three-quarters of travel and tourism companies expect to go out of business in the next month alone.
The whole world is on a "learning curve" when it comes to managing the coronavirus pandemic, says Anwar Sallam of Abu Dhabi Health Services.
The UAE announced stricter Covid-19 measures and steep fines for those who flout rules less than a month after partially relaxing restrictions.
Air traffic globally has fallen 90% as lockdowns and border closures triggered by the coronavirus pandemic dealt a hammer blow to international travel.
The Emirates Airline and Group chairman does not see air travel returning to normal for at least another 18 months.
The next two years are going to be "very difficult" for the Middle East, where the private sector is "not as strong," said Alain Bejjani of Majid Al Futtaim.
Dubai, the glittering commercial hub of the Gulf, is facing the risk of a debt crisis reminiscent of the 2009 crash that wiped out thousands of jobs and nearly half the value of the emirate's stock market.
The exact dates and timing of reopenings have yet to be announced, but are highly anticipated by business owners hit hard by the lockdowns aimed at curbing the spread of the coronavirus.
Going outside for exercise or dog walking is strictly forbidden, with permits only allowing "essential" trips for groceries, the pharmacy or doctor visits.