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Abu Dhabi launches hygiene certification programme

The Department of Culture and Tourism, Abu Dhabi (DCT Abu Dhabi) has launched a safe and clean certification programme.

It will seek to uplift and standardise the cleanliness and hygiene levels across all businesses and organisations in the tourism sector. As hotels, malls and other attractions in Abu Dhabi prepare to cautiously re-welcome guests to their venues, DCT Abu Dhabi aims to safeguard the health and wellbeing of consumers by offering certifications that ensure the compliance of standardised hygiene levels in tourism destinations and industry businesses within the emirate.

“Our priority is to ensure that our residents and visitors feel safe and comfortable in Abu Dhabi”, said Ali Hassan Al Shaiba, executive director of tourism and marketing at DCT Abu Dhabi. “It is imperative for all institutions and businesses to elevate and then maintain hygiene standards. As the leaders in tourism, our role is to pave the way for industry players and set standards that suit our consumers. Through this tourism board led programme, we hope to boost the confidence of consumers when considering Abu Dhabi as a tourism destination.”

The latest initiative from DCT Abu Dhabi comes as part of the organisation’s commitment to ensuring the health and safety of its residents and visitors, as well as its response to the change in consumer trends, behaviours and expectations as a result of COVID-19.

In March, the UAE launched the National Disinfection Programme as part of the preventative and precautionary measures taken by the UAE to contain the spread of COVID-19. 

The certification programme was developed in partnership with a leading world developer and will be rolled out in phases. Phase one will be dedicated to hotels in Abu Dhabi, with other tourism attractions and businesses to follow. 

Image Credit: imran shahabuddin/ Flickr


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