Dubai reopens to tourism with 'welcome' atop Burj Khalifa

Emirate expecting rebound after months of COVID-19 halt

09 July, 12:09

    (ANSAmed) - NAPLES, JULY 9 - Dubai reopened its doors to international tourism over the weekend and is expecting a rebound in tourism after a halt due to COVID-19.

    "We're looking forward to seeing aggressive growth coming once things normalise towards year-end," Helal Al Marri, director general of the Dubai Department of Tourism and Commerce Marketing, told Bloomberg TV on Wednesday, UAE's The National reported.

    "We've gone through this pause phase, where the whole world was paused, and now we're seeing a gradual opening up of the markets." The emirate opened its doors to international visitors on July 7, more than three months after the UAE's airspace was closed as a precautionary measure to curb the spread of Covid-19.

    It now hopes to see a rebound in tourism.

    Dubai, the Middle East's tourism and business hub, welcomed 16.73 million travellers last year to its beaches, luxury hotels and shopping malls, with the sector contributing 11.5 per cent to the emirate's gross domestic product.

    For the reopening, tourists were greeted with a message on Burj al-Khalifa, the tallest skyscraper in the world and a symbol of Dubai: a 'Welcome to Dubai' lit up in English alongside one in Arabic.

    A welcome message was also left on the passports of those arriving in Dubai on the entry stamps for immigrant workers, calling Dubai their ''second home''. (ANSAmed)..

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