A total of 274 violations have been found since New Year’s Eve
Dubai’s Department of Tourism and Commerce Marketing (Dubai Tourism) has said it has closed 47 facilities since New Year’s Eve for breaching the current guidelines around Covid-19.
Following an intensified campaign with Dubai Police, Dubai Municipality and the Department of Economic Development (Dubai Economy). Authorities have conducted nearly 10,000 inspections of hotels and recreational facilities this year.
Penalties for violations range from fines to final warnings, suspension of permits and closure of the facility.
Dubai Tourism has been paying particular attention to venues which are known to draw in large crowds. An unnamed desert camp was shut down by the Dubai Police in cooperation with Dubai Tourism after footage emerged of an illegal outdoor party taking place at the site in February.
Hotels and restaurants found out in February that restrictions on capacity, social distancing and opening times will stay in place until the start of Ramadan.
Even with the restrictions in place and a handful of venues being shut down, the preventative measures from Dubai have been met warmly across hospitality. Hospitality leaders from Jumeirah, Hilton and Accor have all shown their support to Dubai Tourism.
Among those showing support were Hotelier’s number one and two on last year’s Power 50 list. Mark Willis chief executive officer, Accor, said: “It’s super to see a positive booking trend in Q1 2021 vs. Q3 & Q4 2020. As we look forward, Dubai continues to trend positively with demand in March looking increasingly solid. This is clearly driven by the sound safety measures put in place by the government and the desire to travel to one of the top leisure destinations in the world.”
While Jochem-Jan Sleiffer, president, Middle East, Africa & Turkey at Hilton, added: “DTCM has gone to great lengths to work alongside industry stakeholders in ensuring measures are put in place to keep visitors safe as international travel has returned in recent months. We’ve seen these efforts reflected across our diverse portfolio of Hilton branded hotels in the UAE, all of which operate the Hilton CleanStay and Event Ready programmes to provide optimal standards of cleanliness and hygiene.”