Dubai is open for tourism – gets safe certification.

Dubai reopened for tourism on 7 July 2020

Dubai has announced that the city reopened for tourism on July 7th. Delightful Dubai with attractions such as the world’s tallest building the Burj Khalifa and the sail-shaped luxury Burj Al-Arab is the world’s busiest destination for international travel.

Confidence

Authorities say the beautiful beaches and shopping malls in Dubai are safe tourist attractions.  The city will continue to fight and control the coronavirus with confidence.  They realise it will take time for visitors to arrive and believe that sharing their confidence will welcome travellers.

‘…superb shopping malls and amazing architecture…’

In 2019 Dubai welcomed 16.7million international guests, up from 15.9million in 2018.  The city’s 741 hotels accommodated around 75% occupancy for the year, with visitors staying on average 3½ days. Tourists simply love the nightlife scene in Dubai’s, their many restaurants, superb shopping malls and amazing architecture.

Travel regulations

Everyone entering public places in Dubai will receive a temperature check from a staff member carrying a thermometer. They will notice continuous cleaning by means of fog disinfectants over rooms and wiping down of tables and chairs. Above fulfilling government regulations, Dubai has obtained outside certification for its cleaning routines.

There are strict travel regulations in place in Dubai.  In order to travel, tourists must take a COVID-19 test within 96 hours of their flight and be able to show a negative result to their airline. If this is not done, visitors will be tested on arrival and required to isolate while waiting for results which takes a few hours. Travellers must have health insurance covering COVID-19 or sign a declaration agreeing to cover the costs of treatment and isolation.

Dubai among first middle eastern destinations to restart tourism.

Tourism is key

Dubai is among the first Middle Eastern destinations to restart tourism. Issam Kazim, CEO of Dubai Corporation for Tourism is ready to welcome the many travellers who have been in lockdown in their homes for months. He said “We’re very excited about this because tourism is a key pillar for Dubai.  We have been making sure that the public and visitors’ health and safety is of utmost importance. We are confident, optimistic and we’ve made sure that during this time Dubai remains top of mind.

‘…adrenaline-filled activities…’

Dubai Tourism has launched a campaign ‘Ready When You Are’ that highlights Dubai’s famous attractions and adrenaline-filled activities with an announcement that tourists are welcome once again.

Something for everyone!

The bustling city of Dubai has a mix of activities for every taste; beautiful beaches, mysterious deserts and heritage sites. Dubai offers a variety of sightseeing tours and thrilling fun filled explorations.

‘…beautiful beaches, mysterious deserts…’

Dubai credits its aggressive testing and sanitization campaign, from hotels and malls to airports, as playing a major role in its reopening. The city was recently awarded a Safe Travel Certification from the World Travel and Tourism Council.

Dubai has been awarded a safe travel certification

Read also: How are New Zealand emerging from the corona virus pandemic?

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How are New Zealand emerging from the corona virus pandemic?

New Zealand could be first to become Covid-19 free

On Thursday 11th June 2020, local media in New Zealand reported that the country may become the first to successfully eliminate the novel coronavirus from its territory if no new case is detected in the next eight days.

No COVID-19 case has been reported in the country for 20 consecutive days, with the last one confirmed by officials on May 22. The report said New Zealand will officially be free of the virus if no cases are reported in the next week. Health officials say elimination is reached after 28 days, two incubation periods of no new infections.

‘…one of the first countries in the world…’

After weeks of lockdown, the prime minister of New Zealand Jacinda Ardern danced for joy when she announced restrictions were to be lifted as the country heads towards eliminating the coronavirus.  She announced that all social and economic restrictions except border controls were being lifted because New Zealand was free of the coronavirus, one of the first countries in the world to return to pre-pandemic normality. Public and private events, the retail and hospitality industries and all public transport were allowed to resume.

The prime minister thanked the five million people of New Zealand and said “While the job is not done, there is no denying this is a milestone, thank you, New Zealand. We are confident we have eliminated transmission of the virus in New Zealand for now, but elimination is not a point in time, it is a sustained effort.

New Zealand people are emerging from the pandemic after 75 days of restrictions which included about seven weeks of a strict lockdown in which most businesses were shut and everyone except essential workers had to stay home. Ardern vowed to eliminate, not merely contain, the virus, which meant stopping transmission for two weeks after the last known case was cleared.

Clear leadership and an engaged public

This news brings bright hope for the world, we believe clear leadership and an engaged public produced this result. The prime minister has received global praise for her leadership during the pandemic.

New Zealand had some advantages in tackling the virus; they had the benefit of time; their first case of coronavirus was confirmed on 28th February 2020, well over a month after the United States confirmed its first case. But the real key to New Zealand’s success appears to be an approach that could be applied anywhere; moving swiftly, testing widely, and relying heavily on good science.

Moving swiftly

Like many countries, New Zealand had models that showed that a potential coronavirus outbreak could be devastating if no action was taken. New Zealand responded relatively fast.

On 14th March 2020 anyone entering the country had to self-isolate for two weeks, it was among the toughest border restrictions in the world. At the time, the country had six cases.

On 19th March 2020 all foreigners were banned from entering the country, there were 28 confirmed cases.

On 23rd March 2020 New Zealand announced that the country was going into lockdown, there were 102 confirmed cases and no deaths.  Non-essential businesses were closed, events and gatherings cancelled and schools closed to all children except those of essential workers. Employers were told to allow working from home where possible, public transport was reserved for essential workers, and discretionary domestic air travel between regions was banned.

Strictest level of lockdown

At midnight on 25th March 2020, New Zealand moved to the strictest level of lockdown, with people being told not to leave home except for essential exercise near the home, while maintaining social distancing.

On 9th April 2020, despite a decline in cases, New Zealand tightened border restrictions so that all citizens and permanent residents arriving in New Zealand were required to spend two weeks quarantined in an approved facility rather than at home.

‘…decisive action…’

Decisive action, going hard and going early, helped to stamp out the worst of the virus.  This strong action was taken for a few reasons.  New Zealand is a key departure route to Pacific Islands and the country has a responsibility to protect its Pacific neighbours and swift actions were taken for the benefit of New Zealanders.

Testing widely

New Zealand ramped up its testing, to the point that they could carry out up to 8,000 tests per day.  To date, New Zealand carried out 424,719 tests.  The real sign that New Zealand’s testing worked is its test positivity rate. A good benchmark is to have at least 10 negative cases for every one positive case confirmed. This means if a state or country carries out testing and comes back with positive cases of around 9% or under, then it’s likely that it is testing well.

‘…one of the highest testing capacities in the world…’

New Zealand’s test positivity rate was around 1%, suggesting that there wasn’t widespread community transmissions slipping under the radar. It was noted in other countries around the world that each person infected with coronavirus infects around 2.5 people. Under New Zealand’s lockdown, that dropped to 0.4, less than half a person infected.  New Zealand now has one of the highest testing capacities in the world.

Relying on good science

In New Zealand, success has been a wonderful link between good science, and brilliant leadership, and the two together are I think really highly effective,” said Professor Michael Baker, from Otago University’s Public Health Department who throughout the lockdown period, appeared at regular press conferences alongside the president.

The future

Although New Zealand is seen as a success story of the coronavirus crisis, the prime minister has pointed out that the battle against Covid-19 would continue until there is a vaccine.

The one new case

Unfortunately on Monday 6th July the county reported one new case of COVID-19.  The case is a man in his 20s who arrived in New Zealand from London on 4th July via Doha and Sydney. The man was taken straight from Auckland Airport to the quarantine facility as he had symptoms of COVID-19 upon arrival. The Public Health Unit will be interviewing the man to find out more details.

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Planning a trip is good for mental health

Travel is linked to greater happiness, empathy, and creativity. Research suggests that even the thought of a trip can give your brain a boost.  Even during a pandemic, thinking about travel can make you happy. Planning a trip is good for mental health!

Planning a trip is good for mental health

You can plan

Right now may not be the right time for vacation travel but that doesn’t mean planning your next trips should be cancelled too. According to researchers, looking forward to your next adventure could benefit your mental health; even if you’re not sure when that adventure will be.

You can think about the future

Scientists say planning and anticipating a trip can be almost as enjoyable as going on the trip itself.  As humans, we spend a lot of time thinking about the future; these good thoughts can be a source of joy if we know good things are coming, and travel is an especially good thing to look forward to.

Travel is especially a good experience to look forward to

Post-pandemic future of travel is still unmapped

The post-pandemic future of travel is still unmapped but we recommend planning a vague itinerary of where you want to go and what you want to do without getting attached to any specific date. When experts say it’s safe to travel again, you will be ready to book your flights and accommodation!

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