Tour operators are not ready to sell tours to Dubai
On Monday, July 7, a decision of the Dubai government to allow foreign tourists to enter the Emirate came into force.
In addition, from today, flydubai began to resume flight programs that were canceled due to a pandemic and began selling tickets to 24 destinations. In particular, direct flights are available to tourists from Kazakhstan, Ukraine, Armenia, Azerbaijan, but not Russia.
As local hoteliers reported, they note a significant increase in bookings from Russians tourists. In particular, the Russians book hotels until September and are planning to come to Dubai despite the too hot summer season and the lack of direct flights.
According to the head of Art-Tour tour operator Dmitry Arutyunov, the Russians are really looking forward to the opening of the UAE, but there is no need to talk about surge of calls. There are practically no new applications, basically now we are only talking about the possible shift of tours to August-September period.
“We hope that the Emirates will be in the list of the first countries with which Russia will resume flights. As soon as this happens, we can open the flights immediately. The most positive scenario is the opening of borders in August,” said Dmitry Arutyunov.
In turn, the CEO of Space Travel operator, Arthur Muradyan, believes that in the best case, only in August tourists will look at the Emirates planning tours for October and November.
The flydubai website offers flights from Moscow starting on August 7th. Tickets to Dubai and back sell for 236 Euros. But the decision to restore international air service has not yet been made.
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.