A 'city' for online shopping is being built in Dubai

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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-comme