Dubai is preparing to welcome tourists back from July 7 onwards. The city is planning to restart a host of adventure activities that were completely shut down due to the Coronavirus lockdown, along with new guidelines in place. Read on to know what activities have received the green light from Dubai tourism and what you as a traveller need to keep in mind while heading here. By Amitha Ameen

 

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As part of Dubai’s plan to slowly reopen to tourists from July 7, the government has issued a new set of guidelines that include mandatory 14-day quarantine for passenger who tests positive on arrival. The statement also says that home, institutional and hospital quarantine will be carried out with strict compliance with the regulations in place.

Additionally, all passengers will be required to show a COVID-19 test showing negative results, taken not before 96 hours from their arrival in the city. Others can take the test on arrival at the airport and all passengers will be asked to download the COVID-19 DXB app. Apart from filling all of their personal details on the app, passengers will also be requested to sign a declaration form “to bear all costs of quarantine and treatment and complete the Health Declaration Form before departure,” as a way of ensuring the passenger is COVID-19 free.

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The Dubai tourism board has announced a set of guidelines for establishments to follow while reopening these activities. Dubai tourism announced a list of outdoor sports and adventure activities that can be reopened with necessary protocols in place.

While water sports, sky diving, private beaches, boating, and biking activities are allowed, the statement clearly states that activities that include more than five people like swimming pools, gyms, health and spa clubs, places of worship, and play areas will remain closed.

 

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The emirate which is usually bustling with activity was shut down completely after the Coronavirus outbreak. The city famed for its glitzy malls, traditional markets, designer hotels, and upscale neighborhoods that are usually flooded with tourists from various countries, have been wearing an empty look ever since the pandemic took over.

Although the reopening of some of these leisure activities might bring relief to people, they will still need to follow strict and mandatory guidelines while embarking on any of these activities.

 

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Requirements like wearing gloves, temperature checks, social distancing, and restricting social outings to less than five people per group are just some of the prerequisites that tourists and locals will need to get used to for the foreseeable future.

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