Marking a special moment in the city’s reopening, July 7 saw the return of international travelers back into Dubai. Following a three month hiatus on account of flights being grounded and borders being shut, tourists and visitors were welcomed back by Dubai International Airport, where a particularly special guest had overseen preparations — HH Sheikh Hamdan, Crown Prince of Dubai.
Taking to his Twitter account with a video to mark the occasion, Sheikh Hamdan wrote, “today I oversaw preparations at DXB as Dubai began welcoming international tourists.” Noting that a multitude of changes had taken place since visitors last walked through the doors, the Crown Prince continued, “I also observed the various precautionary measures in place to ensure the health and safety of all travelers and the community.”
Today I oversaw preparations at @DXB as Dubai began welcoming international tourists. I also observed the various precautionary measures in place to ensure the health and safety of all travelers and the community. pic.twitter.com/mqMNkGSOSh
— Hamdan bin Mohammed (@HamdanMohammed) July 7, 2020
The 40-second video featuring footage of terminals and runways also showed Sheikh Hamdan and his entourage inspecting immigration counters and health-screening stations. In a second tweet following his tour, the Crown Prince wrote “for many years, Dubai has ranked 1st as the world’s busiest hub for international passenger traffic. With our teams’ outstanding efforts, we will retain this ranking.” Reconfirming his stance on the city’s ability to bounce back, he continued, “We strongly believe in our ability to reinforce Dubai’s outstanding position in global travel & tourism.”
— Dubai Media Office (@DXBMediaOffice) July 7, 2020
Guided through the airport by Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al Maktoum, President of Dubai’s Civil Aviation Authority and Chairman and CEO of Emirates Airline, Sheikh Hamdan inspected different areas of the world renowned airport, ensuring it met all the new safety measures instructed by the city’s health authority. In a touching sentiment separate to the measures implemented for health and safety, each traveler entering Dubai was greeted with a special sticker on their passport which read “a warm welcome to your second home.”