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Sharjah to see a 50 % return to activities in Tourism and Hospitality sector – SCTDA

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Sharjah to see a 50 % return to activities in Tourism and Hospitality sector - SCTDA

Sharjah, UAE, June 25, 2020- The
Sharjah Government has announced the resumption of the second phase of its
recovery efforts, activating different sectors and activities by 50 per cent in
the emirate. The move is in line with the directives issued by the Sharjah
Executive Council and its orders to implement preventive measures designed to
help curb the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19). A press statement revealed the information.
The
Sharjah Commerce and Tourism Development Authority (SCTDA) has announced the
gradual return of activities within the emirate’s tourism and hospitality
sector. The return, which follows the recent re-opening of beaches within
hotels, spas and restaurants, will be implemented in stages and will not
contradict with public safety measures already in place such as sterilization
operations and precautionary standards. The SCTDA has shared that the current
phase of recovery is focused on domestic tourism and how to attract UAE
citizens and residents as the summer season commences. The move is expected to
play a key role in bringing the local tourism sector back to life.
In line
with the recovery efforts, the SCTDA has released a manual containing new
operating guidelines for hotel establishments in the emirate. The new
guidelines and procedures are classified into four sections–‘General
Precautionary Operating Guidelines,’ ‘Property – Back of House,’ ‘Human
Capabilities – Hotel Employee,’ and ‘Hotel Establishment Section.’ The measures
have been created to help ensure the safety of hotel workers while also
maintaining the health and wellbeing of UAE citizens, residents and visitors and
enhancing the security of the community.
The
recovery efforts have seen the re-opening of a number of the emirate’s tourist
destinations, which includes Al Qasba, Al Majaz Waterfront, Al Noor Island,
Flag Island, the Heart of Sharjah, Mleiha Archaeological Centre and Khorfakkan
beach. Sightseeing tour buses have also restarted operations, in addition to
the re-opening of several luxury hospitality establishments such as the Al Faya
Retreat in Mleiha, the Al Badayer Retreat, Al Rafraf Inn in Kalba and the Chedi
Al Bait. These hotels have implemented preventive measures to curb the spread
of COVID-19, including providing special training and instructions to staff on
how to receive guests and visitors securely in the time of the pandemic.
The
second stage of the return of tourism and economic activities in Sharjah has
also led to the re-opening of key cultural attractions such as the Sharjah
Museum of Islamic Civilization, the Sharjah Art Museum, the Sharjah Archaeology
Museum and the Sharjah Aquarium. Five environmental centers- Al Hefaiyah
Mountain Conservation Centre, Wasit Wetland Centre, Al Dhaid Wildlife Centre,
Al Buhais Geological Park, and Sharjah Desert Park have also reopened but will
only operate at 50 per cent capacity.
The
SCTDA further noted that several parks, arts centers, commercial centers and
shopping centers in the emirate are re-opening provided that they comply with
the directives to implement and follow precautionary measures such as physical
spacing rules and the wearing of face masks and gloves. Further phases of
recovery will be implemented gradually and will involve the review and
evaluation of proposals for return to operations of tourist-based facilities.
Meanwhile,
the Sharjah International Airport has finally reopened and the duty free has
restarted in accordance and compliance with set criteria and requirements
issued by the National Emergency Crisis and Disaster Management Authority and
the General Civil Aviation Authority (GCAA).
H.E.
Khalid Jasim Al Midfa, Chairman, SCTDA, said, “We are pleased to announce
the decision to activate 50 per cent of the various sectors and activities in
the emirate, which is aimed particularly at bringing life anew to the local
tourism and hospitality segments, vital sectors that help support the national
economy. Rest assured that we will continue to work in close cooperation with
our partners in the public and private sector to overcome this pandemic and
help bring things back to normal.”


H.E. Khalid Jasim Al Midfa, Chairman, SCTDA

Al Midfa
further explained that the release of the new guidelines for hotel
establishments in the emirate demonstrates the SCTDA’s commitment to lay the
solid foundations needed in the resumption of tourist movement and hotel
activity–falling in line with the global best practices on health, safety and
security. He also pointed out the significant role played by the new guide in
ensuring the stability of the hotel industry while also maintaining the health
and well-being of employees and guests.

“The
SCTDA will be designating special teams to conduct regular inspections and
field visits to local hotels to check on their compliance with the set
precautionary requirements. These measures have been implemented to reduce the
prevalence of COVID-19. We encourage all employees, workers and tourists to
cooperate with us by adhering to the directives in the newly issued operational
guidelines, which guarantees safety for all. We should all continue to work
closely together in the move to overcome this global health crisis and bring
business back to normal at the soonest time possible,” concluded Al Midfa.

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