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(CNN)Many of us have been forced to take our shopping habits online during lockdown, and while stores have been shuttered, many internet traders are flourishing.
The government of Dubai is betting the trend continues as it prepares to open a new free trade zone for e-commerce named "Dubai Commercity," which will provide a base for online retailers.
The 3.2 billion AED ($870 million) development, adjacent to Dubai International Airport, is billed as the first of its kind in the region. The site is a joint venture between two state-owned enterprises — the Dubai Airport Freezone Authority (DAFZA) and property firm Wasl — and the developers say the coronavirus pandemic has spurred rather than stalled their progress.
"The need for world class e-commerce services has never …