Dubai is open to international tourists from today, July 7, as the emirate continues to reopen from the lockdown it imposed to slow the spread of coronavirus. Emirates airlines, Dubai's largest airliner, has released a set of guidelines for tourists to follow before they travel and on arrival in the UAE.
A new set of coronavirus guidelines for hotels across the UAE has been released by the National Emergency Crisis and Disasters Management Authority. The guidelines, released late Thursday, require all employees to be tested for COVID-19 before reopening, and to be re-tested every 15 days. Hotels are expected to provide an infrared thermometer and thermal camera, with employee temperatures to be tested several times per working day.
Any guest or employee showing coronavirus symptoms will not be allowed to enter hotel facilities, according to the guidelines. Hotels must also leave a 24-hour gap between guests leaving a room, and the next guests arriving.
Facilities such as restaurants, cafes, gyms, swimming pools and beaches in hotels will resume operation under a minimum capacity. Customers must have their temperatures taken before they enter. The working hours of restaurants and cafes will be from 6am until 9pm, allow four people to sit at the same table with 2.5 metres left between tables. Menus must be sterilized after each use.
Dubai reopens parks, Shopping Malls , Dinning Restaurants and hotel beaches
The United Arab Emirates business and tourism hub Dubai has allowed public parks to reopen and hotel guests to access private beaches, state media said, as the emirate gradually lifts restrictions imposed to combat the coronavirus.
Dubai, the most populous of the seven emirates that make up the UAE, on April 24 eased a full curfew to eight hours at night, and allowed dine-in restaurants and shopping malls to reopen at limited capacity.
Public parks are now open for groups of up to five people, state news agency WAM reported late on Tuesday. Hotel guests must practice physical distancing at beaches.
Tram and ferry services also resumed and groups of up to five can now practice recreational activities in open areas. Mosques, cinemas, public beaches and nightclubs remain closed.
Other emirates have followed Dubai in easing restrictions. In the UAE capital Abu Dhabi, some malls have resumed business, while Sharjah reopened malls and dine-in restaurants.
UAE restaurants, shopping centres can now operate at 60% capacity.
Customers and businesses must adhere to strict precautionary measures.
The capacity in shopping centres and restaurants has been increased to 60 per cent, according to a circular issued by UAE's National Emergency Crisis and Disaster Management Authority (NCEMA) and Ministry of Health and Prevention on Thursday.
NCEMA and MoHAP have taken the decision to increase the percentage capacity of the general public at commercial centres and restaurants to 60 per cent, with coronavirus precautionary measures.
The number of patrons sharing a table should not exceed four people and should also take into account social distancing guidelines of 2 meters.
Continued closure of waiting spaces, use of single-use food utensils for public use such as plates and cutlery, wearing masks and gloves should continue to be implemented. Mask and gloves should be replaced frequently and ensure regular sanitization of of space as per guidelines.
Staff's temperature should be regularly checked to ensure they are not infected or developing Covid-19 symptoms. Social distancing between customers and employees should be maintained.
Children under the age of 12 and people under-70 are permitted to enter commercial centers and restaurants across the country.All visitors and shoppers will be subject to a thermal temperature exam, and should wear masks and gloves throughout their visit.
Excursions and Tours in Dubai – Dhow Cruises , Safari Excursions have all opened up in Dubai. Sanitization of the Dhow Cruise, Safari Vehicles have all been carried out as per the new guideline set up by the government.
Emirates adds flights to seven more destinations from Dubai
Seven additional cities have been added to Emirates' flight routes in July - Khartoum (from July 3), Amman (from July 5), Osaka (from July 5), Narita (from July 8), Athens (from July 15), Larnaca (from July 15) and Rome (July 15). This takes the total number of destinations offered by Emirates to 48.
Customers will also be able to travel to Dubai now that the city will be open for business and leisure visitors from July 7. New air travel protocols have to be followed for UAE citizens, residents and tourists while safeguarding the health and safety of visitors and communities.
Passengers can also book to fly between destinations in the Middle East, Africa, Asia Pacific and Europe or the Americas, through Dubai, as long as they meet travel and immigration entry requirements of their destination country. Flight bookings can be made online at emirates.com or via travel agents.
Health and safety first
Emirates has implemented a comprehensive set of measures at every step of the customer journey to ensure the safety of its customers and employees on the ground and in the air, including the distribution of complimentary hygiene kits containing masks, gloves, hand sanitiser and antibacterial wipes to all customers.
Customers are reminded that travel restrictions remain in place, and travellers will only be accepted on flights if they comply with the eligibility and entry criteria requirements of their destination countries. Visitors to Dubai should hold an international health insurance policy covering illness from Covid-19 for the duration of their stay.
The UAE as destination has already started receiving requests for Q4 of 2020 & 2021 onwards. Local hotels are offering excellent value for money rates with flexible terms and conditions and postponement clauses. Contact Incentive Connections for inquiries and offers.