Abu Dhabi, UAEWednesday 15 July 2020

'This city has its arms wide open': Emirates' Sheikh Ahmed shares video ahead of welcoming tourists back to Dubai

The minute-long video shows travellers a snapshot of Dubai's attractions ahead of their return in July

Dubai is open. That is the message from Emirates’ Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed, president of Dubai Civil Aviation Authority, who has shared a video to welcome visitors back to the city.

“Open, now that’s a word that hasn’t been used much in the world these days, huh?” the video begins, with a sweeping shot across Bluewaters Island and Dubai Marina. “Well, open is looking good for Dubai right now, and we want to tell the world about it.”

The video from Emirates and Dubai Tourism showcases the city's attractions that have reopened following the coronavirus pandemic, as well as advertising how the emirate is back up and running for “business” and “opportunity”.

“There’s literally hundreds of doors open to some of the best hotels you’ll ever see,” the voiceover says as the camera sweeps over the city’s skyline and Burj Al Arab, on to Burj Khalifa. “Oh, and the world’s tallest building? That’s open, too.

“But this city is also open for fun. It’s open for happy, it’s open for crazy, even the slopes are open,” the video continues, as it offers shots of Skydive Dubai and Ski Dubai.

The video signs off by saying: “This city has its arms wide open, and they are open for you."

The video follows the announcement that tourists and visitors will be able to return to Dubai from Tuesday, July 7. International tourists flying to Dubai must ensure they meet all requirements for entry to the UAE.

The new requirements say travellers must download the Covid-19 DXB app and register their details and fill in the health declaration form. They must have valid health insurance.

Tourists must have a PCR Covid-19 test with a maximum validity of four days ahead of departure.

They will be required to show proof of not being infected with the virus on arrival at Dubai airports.

If they cannot provide proof, they will undergo a PCR test at the airport.

"All arrivals will be subject to thermal screenings," Dubai's Supreme Committee of Crisis and Disaster Management said.

"If a traveller is suspected to have Covid-19 symptoms, Dubai airports have the right to retest to ensure the tourist is free of the virus."

Updated: June 22, 2020 01:36 PM

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