Dubai reopens doors to tourists after long shutdown.
- Amid the COVID-19 pandemic Dubai has started allowing tourists to come into the city.
- Those arriving in the country will be required to prove, through certificates, that they have recently tested negative for Covid-19.
- Crucial for its economy, tourism seems to resume again in Dubai, with people arriving have to be negative or should take a test and self-isolate till results come.
- With a “welcome” passport sticker and corona virus tests on arrival, Dubai reopens its doors to international visitors.
“A warm welcome to your second home,” says the sticker applied to passports at Dubai airport.
Dubai welcomed a record 16.73 million tourists in 2019, The Jakarta Post reports.
By country, Indian tourists topped arrivals with nearly two million visiting Dubai.They were followed by 1.6 million Saudi visitors to the city-state and 1.2 million British tourists.
Citizens and residents will also be allowed to travel abroad.
“We are ready to receive tourists while we take all necessary precautions,” said Talal Al-Shanqiti of Dubai’s General Directorate of Residency and Foreigners Affairs in a video message tweeted on Sunday.
Before reopening to international tourists, authorities launched social media campaigns and deployed hundreds of social media “influencers” to tout Dubai’s attractions.