Dubai is functioning on an idea to revitalise the tourism sector within the post COVID-19 phase.
Major General Mohammed Ahmed Al Marri, Director General of Dubai General Directorate of Residency and Foreigners Affairs (GDRFA), met representatives of tourism companies in Dubai to debate the mechanism for granting tourist visas as a part of promoting and revitalising tourism within the post-COVID-19 phase.
According to a Dubai Media Office handout on Saturday, the meeting was also attended by Major General Obaid Muhair bin Suroor, Deputy Director General of GDRFA Dubai, Colonel Dr Omar Al Shamsi, Assistant Director General for Entry and Residence Permits Sector, and other officials.
The meeting was held in line with the choice of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, to reopen Dubai to international tourism.
During the meeting, Al Marri said the facilities provided by the UAE and Dubai to vital sectors during the COVID-19 pandemic contributed significantly to reinvigorating the country’s economy, which successively supported the rapid revival of the tourism sector.
He said the elemental strengths of Dubai’s tourism sector enable it to take care of its sustainability.
Dubai’s Department of Tourism and Commerce Marketing and tourism companies are major partners of the GDRFA within the effort to understand Dubai’s vision to become the world’s leading tourism destination and commercial hub,” Al Marri added.
Tourism sector emerges stronger
He said the tourism sector would emerge stronger from the crisis with the removal of aviation restrictions and therefore the resumption of all vital sectors within the country.
He emphasised that the UAE has proven its ability to beat the crisis by creating a strong framework for managing the impact of the pandemic and implementing comprehensive precautionary measures.
Following the resumption of aviation , international tourism flows are increasing, he noted.
Al Marri further said the GDRFA is geared to contribute to the revitalisation of tourism in Dubai.
The department is functioning constantly with its partners to facilitate the procedures for issuing visas and receiving travellers, while ensuring compliance with the UAE government’s measures to guard everyone’s health and safety.
He stressed on the necessity to stick to the UAE government’s aviation protocols.