New data published by search engine Google has revealed how the coronavirus outbreak is impacting mobility across the GCC countries.
Across all metrics, the average reduction for Oman during the first three months of 2020 was 37.8 per cent. The research shows the quarterly percentage change of each country based on a range of key indicators including parks, transit and grocery stores.
‘Across all metrics, the average reduction for the whole of the GCC during the first three months of 2020 was 34.1 per cent,’ stated the research.
‘Bahrain experienced the least mobility reduction in the region by 21.2 per cent followed by Kuwait (36.3 per cent), Oman (37.8 per cent), Saudi Arabia (38.5 per cent) and the UAE (42.33 per cent),’ the research revealed.
Residential mobility, as well as the grocery and pharmacy segment, were least impacted across the region, with respective changes of (-27 per cent) and (+22.83 per cent) on an average.
The most substantial effects were recorded in the transit and retail segments, with average reductions of 60 per cent and 53.2 per cent respectively, due to a series of protective measures put in place against COVID-19 across the GCC.
These included lockdowns or curfews by Oman, Saudi Arabia and the UAE, while all nations have suspended the majority of passenger flights to combat the spread.