Dubai hoping to welcome back visitors from July

Dubai has signalled it wants reopen borders and welcome visitors back from July.

Dubai has already started easing its lockdown restrictions, starting with cafes and restaurants reopening with 30 per cent capacity, while shopping centres are beginning to open partially.

Speaking on Bloomberg TV, Helal Al Marri, director general of Dubai’s Department of Tourism and Commerce Marketing, said the decision would be based on bilateral discussions with other countries.

“Is it going to be July when things start slowly opening up? Is it going to be September? We just need to make sure we’re ready if things come earlier than expected,” Al Marri said.

The United Arab Emirates halted all incoming flights on March 24, but one possible way to bring air services back quickly would be through increased passenger testing for Covid-19.

Emirates previously introduced Covid-19 tests, which take just 10 minutes, on a flight from Dubai to Tunisia, with chief operating officer Adel Al Redha suggesting the tests could be expanded for other flights.