Worried about going shopping or out to a hotel? Is the idea of a day out at an attraction making you anxious? Never fear. Instead look out for signs saying “Dubai Assured.” They are being awarded to all establishments that have put in place all necessary safety and public health precautions to prevent Covid-19.
Dubai Tourism, Dubai Economy and Dubai Municipality have come up with the seal of approval scheme to reassure residents and tourists that hotels, malls, restaurants, bars, shops and leisure and entertainment venues have complied with all official protocols to prevent the spread of the virus. They will be permitted to use the Dubai Assured stamp and logo on all their communications with customers.
The stamp is issued free to establishments that have been inspected and verified. It is valid for 15 days and is renewable after further inspection by the relevant authorities. Customers can therefore be sure that the place they are going to has been officially declared safe within the last two weeks.
More than 1,000 establishments in Dubai have already undergone inspection to ensure they are complying with virus regulations and have received the Dubai Assured stamp.
Helal Saeed Almarri, director-general of Dubai Tourism, said the scheme was “a simple but critical mechanism” to ensure tourists feel safe “at every stage of their journey, from arrival at our airports to their departure from Dubai”.
Dubai has already eased many restrictions and reopened both private and public beaches, swimming pools and golf courses as well as shopping malls and restaurants. Camping and water sports are also permitted in the emirate.
The UAE has also been recognized for safety by international organizations. Bureau Veritas has awarded its “Safeguard” label to 48 properties while Dubai recently received a “Safe Travels” stamp from the World Travel and Tourism Council.
Anna Pukas has reported from all over the world as a foreign correspondent for British media. She is now an editor based in Abu Dhabi.