Middle East

Dubai prepares to reopen to international tourists from tomorrow


Dubai Tourism hosted a virtual forum for stakeholders and partners to share its industry outlook ahead of the city’s reopening to international tourists on July 7.

The forum discussed plans for reopening the city to foreign tourists, the local and global impact of the pandemic, future industry trends, global marketing initiatives, business events in Dubai, domestic tourism and Dubai’s summer events that form part of its annual retail calendar.

The online forum is part of Dubai Tourism’s efforts to further enhance collaboration with stakeholders through regular top-level industry engagements, which are crucial to accelerate the revival process, highlight the city’s world-class health and safety standards, and encourage travellers to make Dubai a must-visit destination.

“Now, as we get nearer to reopening the city to tourists, we are encouraged by the success of the strong procedures deployed across sectors that have reinforced Dubai’s commitment to the health and safety of visitors when they start arriving from July 7, a development that will be a turning point in the tourism sector’s road to recovery,” said Helal Saeed Almarri, Director General, Dubai Tourism.

The forum highlighted the preventive measures taken so far against COVID-19 that have further elevated the UAE’s standing as one of the world’s safest countries. The UAE is globally ranked No.3 in testing per million of population. It was also ranked No.3 in an international survey that assessed satisfaction with governments’ response to the pandemic.