Dubai Tourism: Where are the foreign tourists coming from?

Emirates has resumed services to 51 destinations while flydubai now operates flights to 17 cities

Emirates Airline Boeing 777-300/ER. Image used for illustrative purpose.

Emirates Airline Boeing 777-300/ER. Image used for illustrative purpose.

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With Dubai all set to welcome foreign tourists from July 7, the city's local airlines Emirates and flydubai have shared an updated list of destinations in their flight network.

Emirates has resumed services to 51 destinations while flydubai now operates flights to 17 cities.

Currently, the largest network of available Emirates flights is from Europe, covering a total of 18 destinations: Amsterdam, Athens, Barcelona, Brussels, Copenhagen, Dublin, Glasgow, Frankfurt, Larnaca, London, Madrid, Manchester, Milan, Munich, Paris, Rome, Vienna, and Zurich.

The airline will also be bringing in travellers from three cities in the African region - Cairo, Khartoum, and Tunis - and four in the Americas, including Chicago, New York, Toronto, and Washington.

In Asia, Emirates has restarted flights to seven destinations, including Colombo, Dhaka, Islamabad, Kabul, Karachi, Lahore, and Male. It has also opened its services to travellers from Auckland, Brisbane, Perth, and Sydney in Australasia.

In the Middle East, flights have resumed in Amman, Bahrain and Beirut while in the Far East region, 11 destinations are part of the list. These include Hanoi, Ho Chi Minh City, Hong Kong, Jakarta, Kuala Lumpur, Manila, Osaka, Seoul, Singapore, Taipei, and Tokyo. 

Dubai's budget carrier flydubai has announced that it has resumed services to 17 destinations across its network, including: Addis Ababa, Juba, and Khartoum in Africa; Almaty, Kabul, and Nur-Sultan in Central Asia; Belgrade, Bucharest, Dubrovnik, Kyiv, Krakow, Prague, Sarajevo, and Sofia in Europe; Alexandria, Amman, and Beirut in the Middle East.

Reminders for tourists

Both airlines have asked tourists flying into Dubai to ensure that they have all the necessary documents they need before booking their flights.

They should have a printed and filled-out Health Declaration Form stating that they are not showing any Covid-19 symptoms; as well as a Quarantine Undertaking Form, which states that they will bear all costs of quarantine and treatment in case they are diagnosed with Covid-19. Both forms need to be handed over to the Dubai Health Authority (DHA) upon their arrival in Dubai.

Visitors must also take a PCR test 96 hours before their flight and carry a negative Covid-19 test certificate with them when they travel. This applies to all passengers, including children.

A PCR test is also available on arrival in Dubai, if they haven't taken one in their home country. Getting screened upon arrival requires them to self-isolate until they receive the test result.

If the test result is negative, they can leave their hotel and resume their trip as normal. If they are tested positive, they must follow the advice of the DHA and remain in self-isolation.

Passengers are also asked to check the IATA Travel Centre website to understand if there are any restrictions in place at their travel destination. In addition, visitors (depending on their nationality) can get a visa on arrival, or will have to apply for a visit visa from Dubai Immigration before they travel.

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