Lootah BCGas has launched a COVID-19 support programme worth $4.1m in co-operation with the Dubai Chamber of Commerce and Industry. Lootah BCGas is a subsidiary of the SS Lootah Group.

According to a statement, the programme aims to support Lootah BC Gas’s residential and commercial gas utility customers in the UAE to face the challenges arising from the coronavirus pandemic.

“Lootah BCGas’s COVID-19 support programme includes a package of direct financial support measures that benefit more than 50,000 residential customers, as well as nearly 500 commercial establishments, most of which operate in the tourism sector, such as hotels and restaurants. The financial support package includes discounts of up to 20% on gas consumption,” explained its CEO Yahya Lootah.

The firm says it is committed to supporting customers and business partners to meet the challenges of the current circumstances, in order to enhance their ability to fulfil their obligations, especially towards their workers in order to protect the skilled work force and maintain business continuity, said Lootah.

“We are glad to work in cooperation with Dubai Chamber of Commerce and Industry to stimulate the contribution of the private sector as a true partner in supporting government measures to mitigate the impact of the Coronavirus on various economic sectors,” he explained.

Commending the initiative, Dubai Chamber president and CEO Hamad Buamim remarked, “This comes at the right time and reflects a high degree of responsibility. This is not the first time the company has proven its high standards in the labour market, and its reputation as a responsible institution, serving the community with its various initiatives.”

Lootah said the financial support measure will be provided over a period of three months to both residential and commercial customers through a dedicated team operating out of the company’s call centre in Dubai.

He concluded, “We are committed to maintain the safety and health of our customers, employees and the well-being and stability of their families, as a true guarantee of business continuity.”