Discovery and GDMO launch new documentary

The Government of Dubai Media Office (GDMO), in partnership with Discovery, has announced the release of a two-part documentary COVID 19: Dubai, highlighting Dubai’s journey in the fight against the COVID-19 pandemic.

The documentary, consisting of two 45-minute episodes, highlights the emirate’s proactive response to the pandemic and the effective public health measures that ultimately enabled the city to contain the spread of the virus and mitigate its impact on society. 

The two-part documentary includes conversations with the Emirate’s frontline leadership and the frontline heroes who did everything they could to protect the health and safety of the population. It also tells the story of homeschooled children and their parents, the ups and downs of the business community and how Dubai is coping with an unprecedented crisis, demonstrating how, against all odds, adversity has become a catalyst for its ever progressive society.

The documentary showcases the human stories of Dubai’s diverse residents as they adjust to the ‘new normal’ and solve their problems, charged with innovation and inspiration.

H. E. Mona Al Marri, Director General of the Dubai Government Media Office

Her Excellency Mona Al Marri, Director General of the Dubai Government Media Office, said: “We are delighted to partner with Discovery to highlight Dubai’s amazing journey and its proactive approach to tackling the COVID-19 pandemic. Since the beginning of the pandemic, Dubai has set an example to the world of responding quickly and effectively to protect lives and livelihoods, and limit the impact of COVID-19 on society and the economy.” Each episode of the documentary showcases the resilience of the emirate and its society, and demonstrates how every member of society has been part of Dubai’s success story in overcoming the crisis.”

Lee Hobbs, senior vice president of pay-TV, global brands and discovery+ in Europe, Middle East and Africa at Warner Bros. Discovery, said: “The fight against COVID-19 around the world is relentless and the effort is constantly evolving over time. Dubai has been unique in its approach, facing the pandemic head-on and being one of the first in the world to conduct an extensive vaccination programme.” The documentary celebrates the heroes of the pandemic, from those on the front lines to the family heroes who have taken on homeschooling and caring for others.”

Filmed and produced in Dubai, the new documentary will air exclusively on Discovery on 7 May and 14 May 2022 at 10pm UAE, and from mid-May on discovery+, in a branded environment on Jawwy TV and STARZPLAY.

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