Coronavirus: Dubai welcomes returning residents from June 22, tourists from July 7

Emirates airlines implement coronavirus safety precautions at airport check-in counters in Dubai, UAE. (Twitter/@Emirates)

Dubai will begin welcoming back tourists from overseas through its airports starting from July 7 and will allow foreign nationals with valid residency visas to return to the emirate starting from June 22, the Dubai Media Office (DMO) said on Sunday.

The emirate will also allow its citizens and residents to travel to other countries, “provided the destination countries agree to receive them,” starting from June 23, in tandem with the UAE’s decision to allow people residing in the country to travel to “low risk” countries.

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“The Supreme Committee said it has taken a decision to allow foreign nationals holding residency visas issued in Dubai to return to the emirate starting tomorrow (Monday, June 22). It will also allow citizens and residents to travel to any foreign country starting Tuesday, June 23 provided the destination countries agree to receive them,” Dubai’s Supreme Committee of Crisis and Disaster Management said in a statement carried by DMO.

“The Committee has also decided to start welcoming visitors and tourists from overseas beginning 7 July 2020. The new decisions are supported by protocols and preventive measures aimed at safeguarding the health and wellbeing of all passengers travelling into or out of Dubai Airports,” it added.

The decision to welcome back residents from overseas and allow entry to tourists marks the “progress” Dubai achieved in combating COVID-19, the committee said.

Dubai has been gradually re-opening since the end of May, when Dubai Crown Prince Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed shortened curfew, eased some restrictions on activities and allowed the resumption of businesses, the emirate has been increasingly re-opening.

Since then, the emirate continued re-opening including allowing shopping malls and private sector businesses to operate at fully capacity, reopening of pools and resumption of water sports activities, and allowing 100 percent of public sector employees to return to work in their offices.

On June 18, Dubai allowed the resumption of a new set of activities and services including: public libraries, private museums and art galleries, home services such as those providing healthcare services to elderly people and people of determination, home beauty services, elective surgical procedures lasting more than two and a half hours, outdoor tourism and fitness activities such as camping; swimming pools; fitness centers, water sports, water parks, interactive water activities, 3D and 4D cinema halls, and children’s sports and play areas at public parks and beaches.

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