Abu Dhabi’s Department of Culture and Tourism (DCT) has introduced Go Safe Certification for hotels to ensure high levels of health and safety.

This first of its kind certification is intended to set a clear standard for safety and cleanliness for hotels and tourist attractions during the Covid-19 pandemic.

W Abu Dhabi – Yas Island is reportedly the first hotel to be certified. Six more hotels, four attractions, two theme parks, two malls and a public beach are expected to receive the certification soon.

According to sources, the DCT plans to roll out Go Safe Certification across malls, restaurants, theme parks and other public spaces.

In order to attain the certificate, venues are required to go through guided self-assessments using guidelines and checklists that are provided by DCT.

Later on, the department will conduct on-site inspections to check the required level of cleanliness met by the venues and issue the certification.

DCT Abu Dhabi Tourism and Marketing executive director Ali Hassan Al Shaiba told Time Out Abu Dhabi: “Abu Dhabi is setting a new standard for best practices in tourism, following the high praise that the UAE has received for the proactive approach through which the government has addressed the current situation.

“The programme is the initial step in our new tourism approach – one that puts consumer priorities and concerns at the forefront. We will be announcing other initiatives and programmes that were created with the help of the Abu Dhabi government to complement this strategy and ensure the safety of our visitors and residents alike.”