Emirates ready to help relaunch Dubai's tourism industry

Tourists will be welcomed back to the city from July 7 under relaxation of Covid-19 travel restrictions

The chairman of Emirates Airline and Group, Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al Maktoum.

The chairman of Emirates Airline and Group, Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al Maktoum, is confident the Dubai-based carrier is ready to play its part in welcoming tourists back to the city from next month.

It was announced on Sunday that tourists will be allowed to visit the emirate from July 7 following months of movement restrictions enforced as a result of the global coronavirus pandemic.

Sheikh Ahmed said: “The new protocols have been adopted after a detailed evaluation of the situation, both domestically and globally, and ensuring readiness to deal with all possible scenarios. The move comes at a time when the world is preparing to resume economic activities across sectors.

“Travel and tourism are among the key industries at the forefront of spurring global economic recovery. Our airports and national carriers are resuming larger scale operations by stringently implementing globally benchmarked precautionary and preventive measures that protect the health and safety of travellers.”

The relaxation will provide a much needed boost for Emirates, with the company reportedly making over 1,000 members of staff – cabin crew, pilots and support staff – redundant earlier this month.

The airline recently announced the resumption of flights to 10 additional cities, taking the total number of destinations to which it currently operates flights to 40.

The new protocols enable citizens and residents to travel to destinations that have started to receive flights in accordance with rules and regulations put in place by their governments. They also allow residents to travel back to Dubai in accordance with measures implemented to prevent the spread of the virus.

Sheikh Ahmed added: “Since the beginning of the crisis, the UAE has implemented comprehensive measures to curb the spread of the Covid-19 pandemic. Our country has closely followed the directives of the International Air Transport Association (IATA) and the International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO), setting a global example in safeguarding the health and wellbeing of passengers and ensuring that flights operate smoothly.”

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