Tourism, hotel and business officials described it as a positive and important step to speed up recovery

The abolition of the quarantine in Abu Dhabi .. a suitable timing coincides with the major events in the country

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Tourism, hotel and business officials in Abu Dhabi unanimously agreed that the decision to cancel the quarantine of all recipients of the anti-Coronavirus vaccine coming from outside the country is an important step that helps the rapid recovery of the tourism, travel, hotel, investment and trade sectors in the emirate.

They stressed to "Emirates Today" the importance of the timing of the decision, saying that the decision came at a perfectly appropriate time, and coincides with the start of the season of exhibitions and major events in the country, especially the "Expo 2020 Dubai", the "EDIPEC" exhibition, and the Energy Summit.

They expected that the decision would lead to an increase in incoming tourism to Abu Dhabi by up to 100%, and hotel occupancy to exceed 90%, in addition to increasing investment and trade and supporting retail trade in Abu Dhabi.

New actions

The Committee for the Management of Emergencies, Crises and Disasters caused by the Corona pandemic in the Emirate of Abu Dhabi announced, yesterday, the update of travel procedures for citizens, residents and visitors coming from outside the country, and it will start working as of Sunday, the fifth of September 2021.

In accordance with the new procedures, the committee approved the abolition of quarantine for all vaccinators coming to the Emirate of Abu Dhabi from outside the country.

The new procedures stipulate that vaccinated and non-vaccinated passengers, before taking off to the emirate, are required to present a negative nasal swab test (PCR) result within 48 days before the flight.

She explained that vaccinated travelers coming from the "green list" destinations must perform a nasal swab examination upon arrival, and another on the sixth day, while vaccinated tourists coming from other destinations must perform a nasal swab examination upon arrival and on both the fourth and eighth days, in the event of staying In the emirate, without the need for quarantine.

important step

Alaa Al-Ali, CEO of Nirvana Travel and Tourism, considered the decision an important step that contributes to the rapid recovery of the tourism and travel sector in particular, and leads to an increase in incoming tourism to Abu Dhabi by 100%, including leisure and business tourism, conferences and exhibitions, as well as medical and educational tourism.

Al-Ali stressed that the decision came at an appropriate time ahead of the Expo 2020 Dubai, as it supports the exhibition and helps increase the number of visitors by providing them with various options to stay in Abu Dhabi.

Especially since it is expected that the occupancy rates of Dubai hotels will be high, and therefore it supports Abu Dhabi hotels and raises the occupancy rates in them.

He pointed out that the decision has several positive effects on the increase in air traffic and the number of visitors to commercial shopping centers in the emirate.

hotel occupancy

For his part, the general manager of the Ramada Downtown Abu Dhabi Hotel, Ismail Ibrahim, said that "the decision will lead to a significant increase in the number of visitors to Abu Dhabi for business or leisure, which will raise hotel occupancy rates to exceed 90%."

Ibrahim agreed that the decision supports "Expo 2020 Dubai", and facilitates the movement of visitors from Abu Dhabi to Dubai and vice versa, to visit the exhibition, expecting high hotel occupancy in Dubai, at a time when some reside in Abu Dhabi, which supports the capital's hotels to benefit from the exhibition.

He believed that the decision will support investment in the hotel sector, especially that hotel room prices will gradually rise due to the increasing demand for them.

He added that many countries, especially the main markets exporting tourism to Abu Dhabi, have made great strides in providing vaccinations to their residents, which is in the interest of significantly increasing the number of visitors from these countries.

quick recovery

In the same context, the businessman and head of Al-Shomoukh Group for Oil and Gas Services, Dr. Ali Al-Amiri, said that “the decision is a major step that contributes to the rapid recovery of business sectors and the return to normal life in Abu Dhabi, and will also lead to an increase in the movement of investment and trade in the emirate at rates ranging between 60 percent. And 70% can be increased in the long term.

Al-Amiri stressed the importance of the timing of the decision, especially as it coincides with the start of the season of exhibitions and events, especially the “Expo 2020 Dubai”, the “Edipec” exhibition, and the Energy Summit, which are important events that are expected to raise hotel occupancy to more than 90%, and incoming tourism will increase. to the emirate at rates of up to 100%, compared to the situation during the “Covid-19” pandemic.

Al-Hajj: A very positive decision and revitalizes the retail business

The CEO of "Mubarak and Brothers Investments Company", Mohammed Al-Hajj, considered the decision very positive, and it is reflected in the increase in the number of visitors to the malls, including citizens, residents and visitors, which stimulates the retail trade movement in Abu Dhabi.

He explained that the Deerfield Mall shopping center is ready to increase the number of visitors, and is taking internal measures that contribute to facilitating the entry process easily and smoothly, especially with the implementation of the green traffic system in the emirate.

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