Following the release of some new studies which predict the virus may be airborne, WHO has urged travellers to stay cautious and strictly adhere to safety protocols
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You may soon be able to visit the world's largest mall and tallest building, because Dubai has reopened its doors. The country has been recognised as a ‘Safe Destination’ by the World Travel and Tourism Council (WTTC).
The World Travel and Tourism Council (WTTC) has recognised #Dubai as a safe destination, giving the city a Safe Travels stamp that validates the stringent hygiene and safety protocols that the city has put in place, as it prepares to welcome tourists back on 7 July. pic.twitter.com/LLs8GDw8lG— Dubai Media Office (@DXBMediaOffice) July 3, 2020
According to reports, the annual shopping festival, Dubai Summer Surprises, will be held on July 9 with malls opening up as well.
But will tourists come? Or will they stay away due to fear of contagion?
If you go by the marketing campaigns launched by Dubai Tourism, there's a lot of optimism in the air. For instance, they are stamping visitor passports with a special message, ‘A warm welcome to your second home”. Another campaign “Ready when you are” showcases Dubai’s exhilarating experiences and the reopening. These campaigns are aimed at showing that Dubai is not only confident, but also optimistic about getting international visitors. After all, tourism accounts for 11.5% of its total GDP.
Make sure that you read all the rules (on their tourism website) before you plan on a trip. For one thing, you will have to bear all the costs of any treatment and isolation, and you will need to get travel insurance which will cover costs related to COVID-19, and take a PCR test 96 hours before your flight.
Also, do check if you are eligible for a visa on arrival, or you will have to apply to Dubai immigration, before travelling.
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