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Dubai and Emirates extends warmer welcome to visitors to ring in 2021

Almost six months on from reopening its borders to international visitors on July 7, 2020, Dubai has reaffirmed to ensuring the safety and wellbeing of its residents and holidaymakers, while preparing to ring in 2021. 

With the New Year approaching, Dubai’s Department of Tourism and Commerce Marketing (Dubai Tourism) and Emirates have partnered to offer all those who have already travelled to Dubai the opportunity to extend their trip until January 31, 2021 with fees for date changes waived on flights when issued in the same travel class. Emirates is also offering a host of special fares for international travellers for bookings made by January 3, 2021 and automatic multi-risk travel insurance coverage with every flight including cover for COVID-19 medical and in-trip quarantine costs extended for flights until January 31, 2021. In addition, tourist visas for all nationalities will be extended for one month free of charge. The holidaymakers can make the most of their trip and experience even more of Dubai. 

To ring in 2021 in style, Dubai’s Burj Khalifa’s fireworks and light & laser show will be synchronized to The Dubai Fountain Show, reflecting a true celebration of Dubai. Performances by international artists such as KISS at Atlantis, The Palm, Dubai as well as DJ sets promise something for everyone to enjoy. For winter sun, Dubai’s beaches are for everyone with untouched shorelines ideal for family escapes to active watersports hubs populated by windsurfers, kitesurfers and bodyboarders.   

Dubai Shopping Festival is in its 26th year and is held until January 30, 2021. Malls and shopping destinations come alive with family fun and entertainment, live concerts, unique markets, art installations and stage shows with sales, promotions and chances to win prizes all set against a backdrop of light and fireworks shows. 

His Excellency Helal Saeed Almarri, director general, Dubai’s department of tourism and commerce marketing (Dubai Tourism), said: “The remarkable vision and leadership of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President and Prime Minister of UAE and Ruler of Dubai has been a huge inspiration to us, leading to the decisive and effective management of the pandemic. With 2021 on the horizon, we look forward to continuing to welcome first time and repeat visitors to Dubai, with stringent health protocols and precautionary measures firmly in place.  We are pleased to continue to work closely with our strategic partners Emirates, as well as our hospitality partners, allowing holidaymakers to experience the vibrant energy of Dubai and all our iconic attractions, fantastic culinary and shopping experiences, and exciting festivals and events with added reassurance and flexibility.”

Dubai will see the return of world-class events and festivals including Dubai Shopping Festival, Dubai Food Festival, and in October 2021, Dubai will play host to the first ever World Expo to be held in this region.  

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