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Life Within Six Feet: The Impact of Social Distancing on Society


A number of social activities have moved online because of the COVID-19 pandemic and they might remain in the virtual world long after the pandemic threat subsides. Some social activities are particularly challenging to conduct virtually, including sporting events, tourism, and restaurant dining, though entrepreneurs are successfully developing new and creative uses of technology to compensate. Other activities can be more readily conducted online, such as job interviews and fund-raising, though the technological interface removes a crucial element of human connection.

  • As social interactions move into a digital format for which society was not prepared, what are the opportunities and challenges?
  • What will happen to government services, public expectations, and the social contract?
  • Are we facing a generational divide between those raised before COVID-19 and those raised after?

Explore these questions and many more…



Welcoming Remarks: 

Dr. John Duke Anthony 

National Council on U.S.-Arab Relations Founding President and CEO 


Mr. Joshua Yaphe 

National Council on U.S.-Arab Relations Scholar-in-Residence 

Featured Specialists: 

Mr. Rafeeq Makki 

Mubadala Ventures Fellow and Head of Technology 

Mr. Nasser Al Sheikh 

Emirates National Holding Chairman and Former Dubai Finance Department Director General 

Dr. Omar Al-Ubaidly 

Derasat Director of Research 

Dr. Anita Blanchard 

University of North Carolina Charlotte Associate Professor of Psychology and Organization Science 

Mr. Selim Eddé 

Google Middle East and North Africa Director and Head of Public Policy 

Closing Remarks: 

Mr. Mohammed Baharoon 

Dubai Public Policy Research Center (b’huth) Director General