Coronavirus: Dubai Aims to Welcome Tourists by July

Last week, lockdown restrictions started to ease in Dubai, with shopping malls reopening after nearly a month of closure.

Dubai skyline.

The ongoing coronavirus pandemic has seen border closures for many countries around the world but as the number of cases dip, some are looking to ease travel restrictions.

According to the director-general of Dubai’s Department of Tourism and Commerce Marketing, Dubai is planning to reopen to tourism by July.

Al-Marri said in an interview with Bloomberg TV, “The reopening process will be gradual and could be delayed until September, depending on the situation and global trends surrounding Covid-19.”

“The thing about the scenario is a global question. Many countries remain closed and it’s more about the bilateral discussion.”

While the city and emirate in the United Arab Emirates is economically dependent on retail, travel, and trade, it will place a heavy focus on health and hygiene when it reopens.

Last week, lockdown restrictions started to ease in Dubai, with shopping malls reopening after nearly a month of closure.

Last year, Dubai welcomed 16.7 million tourists, with its most important markets being China, Saudi Arabia, India, and the United Kingdom.

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