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Dubai Aims To Reopen City For Tourists By July
Dubai is ready to welcome visitors again.
During a television interview with Bloomberg TV, Helal Al Marri, director-general of Dubai’s Department of Tourism and Commerce Marketing, said that Dubai could be ready to welcome tourists as early as July.
“The thing about this current scenario is it’s a global question: many airports internationally remain closed and it’s really about the bilateral discussions that are underway to have a coordinated approach to the reopening,” he said.
Marri added that reopening Dubai could take longer.
“Is it going to be July when things start slowly opening up? Is it going to be September? We just need to make sure we’re ready if things come earlier than expected.”
Tourism is one of Dubai’s biggest industries with more than 16 million visitors in 2019.
Tourist visas have been suspended since March 17 as a precautionary measure to prevent the spread of coronavirus.
Abu Dhabi’s Etihad Airways confirmed with The Sun that it now plans to start operating regular passenger flights from June 16, delaying the resumption of flights for a second time.
The UAE has just over 11,000 confirmed cases of coronavirus and more than 80 deaths.
A nationwide nightly curfew was implemented on March 26 as a disinfection campaign, it was expanded emirate to a 24-hour lockdown for two weeks on April 4.
Dubai has started lifting their lockdown, beginning with cafes and restaurants reopening with 30 percent capacity. Shopping centers are also beginning to open partially.