Dubai since July 7 will open its borders for the entry of foreign tourists, including Russians. The tourists must have a document on negative COVID-19 test result, made no earlier than 96 hours before arrival, or pass an analysis at Dubai airports. The temperature at the airport will be measured by thermal scanners.
The government’s official statement also said that holders of a residence permit are able to come to the Emirate from June 22. From June 23, the residents of Dubai are allowed to travel abroad.
Experts are convinced that the news is positive and will have a positive impact on the Russian travel industry. On June 15, Emirates resumed flights to 16 destinations, but Russia is not among them. Also Russia is not included in the Etihad airways schedule, which currently operates flights to 20 destinations.
Dmitry Arutyunov, the general director of Art Tour company, is convinced that the fact of resuming foreign tourism in the UAE is very important. The main thing is in the dates of the opening of the borders of Russia.
The UAE every year becomes an increasingly popular destination for Russians, and not only in the winter, but also in the summer time. In the event of the restoration of flights and the opening of the border with the Russian Federation, Dubai hoteliers will be ready to offer very attractive prices for accommodation for Russian guests.
As for demand, experts say that recovery should be expected immediately after the opening of the borders, since the UAE is one of the few countries where the number of infected people was minimal.
Yury Mishchenko, graduated from Moscow Institute of Foreign Languages, has more than 15 years experience in tourism and travel. Working both in tour operator company as destination manager, and in travel agency as sales manager, he is focused on analysis of Russian tour operators’ daily routine. Recently, Yury works in Baginet Marketing and Sales Agency.