Abu Dhabi, UAEWednesday 5 August 2020

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'Welcome to Dubai': Burj Khalifa lights up with message for incoming tourists

The world’s tallest buildin marked Dubai International Airport reopening to travellers

Burj Khalifa on Tuesday lit up with a message for tourists. Burj Khalifa / Twitter
Burj Khalifa on Tuesday lit up with a message for tourists. Burj Khalifa / Twitter

As tourists returned to Dubai on Tuesday, they were welcomed with a message on one of the city’s most famous landmarks.

Burj Khalifa, the world’s tallest tower, incorporated a new greeting into its light show on July 7, the day international visitors were able to return to the emirate.

The words “welcome to Dubai" were illuminated on the building in Downtown Dubai.

The message was also displayed in Arabic.

After being closed to travellers since March, Dubai this week reopened its borders to foreign visitors.

The occasion was marked at Dubai International Airport with tourists being given a special sticker upon arrival.

A stamp reading “a warm welcome to your second home” was stuck on passports by immigration officials at the airport.

The initiative by the General Directorate of Residency and Foreigners Affairs is designed to make travellers and returning residents feel welcome in the UAE.

As Dubai airports reopen, hotels and tourist attractions in the emirate are also looking forward to welcoming visitors back again.

Among them is Burj Khalifa, which reopened its observation deck at the end of May.

To monitor the number of visitors to the landmark, there is currently only one ticket type available, the Dh99 admission option, which allows access to the 124th and 125th floors.

Guests are expected to wear face masks and follow Dubai Municipality’s social distancing regulations.

The attraction’s sky-high restaurant, Atmosphere, also reopened on July 2.

The restaurant and lounge had been closed for about three months, and is now offering all of its usual services, including breakfast, lunch, afternoon tea and dinner.

Updated: July 9, 2020 08:43 AM

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