The emirate of Dubai in the UAE has started preparations to open its hotels for guests with several safety measures in place.
According to local publication Khaleej Times, the hotels, which aim to resume operations, need to adopt health and safety protocols to minimise Covid-19 contagion risks.
Also, disinfection process should be carried out regularly, while the rooms, hotel facilities and air-conditioning systems would be sterilised.
The frequency of cleaning for common areas such as lobbies, lifts, and other common areas will be increased.
Additionally, the hotel authorities are directed by the government to maintain social distancing protocols throughout the premises including the restaurants and elevators.
Dubai Tourism’s Tourism Activities and Classifications Sector executive director Khalid Bin Touq was quoted by the publication as saying: “We are taking a zero-tolerance approach in the management of all health and safety protocols and are working closely with our hospitality partners for the effective implementation of these measures, as the safety of guests will be of paramount importance as we transition to the new normal.”
Recently, several Covid-19 restrictions were relaxed that enabled reopening of hotel beaches and water sports activities.
However, people at the beach are required to maintain a distance of 2m with each other. The distance between two groups should be 4m.
The reopening of the hotels will be carried out in phases.
As of 21 May, the UAE has reported more than 26,000 confirmed Covid-19 cases. The death toll stands at 233.