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Passenger count at Abu Dhabi airport set a new high

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By NewsGram Staff Writer

Abu Dhabi: According to media reports, the passenger traffic in Abu Dhabi  International Airport is claimed to have reached a new high in one month.

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Over 2.25 million travellers passed through the airport in August, compared with the 1.92 million in August 2014, Xinhua news agency reported.

“For the second time ever, we witnessed over two million passengers travelling through in a single month,” said Chief Operations Officer at Abu Dhabi Airports Ahmad Al Haddabi.

The spike in traffic was attributed to many residents returning from vacations before the reopening of schools and the beginning of the academic year, he added.

Abu Dhabi is also increasingly seen as a preferred tourist and business destination, al Haddabi added.

(With inputs from IANS)

 

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Abu Dhabi to Launch A Cleanliness Certification Drive

The Department of Culture and Tourism, Abu Dhabi has announced the launch of a certification programme for cleanliness

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Abu Dhabi announces cleanliness certification drive. Pixabay

The Department of Culture and Tourism – Abu Dhabi (DCT Abu Dhabi) has announced the launch of a safe and clean certification programme aiming to uplift and standardise the cleanliness and hygiene levels across all businesses and organisations in the tourism sector.

Through the current drive, the 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 HE Ali Hassan Al Shaiba, Executive Director of Tourism and Marketing at DCT Abu Dhabi , “and as hygiene and cleanliness have risen to become vital factors considered by all individuals today, we believe that 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. Our dedicated team has been working closely with different stakeholders to ensure that this programme considers all elements of health and safety and we encourage all hotels and industry partners to attain the certificate.”

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Abu Dhabi announces a cleanliness certification drive to uplift sanitation. Pixabay

The certification programme was developed in partnership with leading world developers 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. Interested organisations are strongly urged to follow DCT Abu Dhabi’s social media channels and website for updates regarding the program.

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, behaviors, and expectations as a result of COVID-19.

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The pandemic has called for many different hygiene measures across the globe, with governments rolling out a series of disinfection programs to ensure the safety of the public. In late March, the UAE launched the National Disinfection Programme as part of the preventive and precautionary measures taken by the UAE to contain the spread of COVID-19. The country was highly praised for its excellent intervention measures globally, which included health, hygiene, and safety regulations as well as other supportive schemes which consider the economic impact of COVID-19. (IANS)

 

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More Than 150,000 Indians in UAE Register to Return to India

150,000 Indians in UAE register to fly home

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More than 150,000 Indians in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) have registered to fly home during the coronavirus pandemic, as per the latest figures with the e-registration launched by the Indian missions. Pixabay

More than 150,000 Indians in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) have registered to fly home during the coronavirus pandemic, as per the latest figures with the e-registration launched by the Indian missions.

“As of 6 p.m. on Saturday, we received more than 150,000 registrations,” Consul General of India in Dubai, Vipul told Gulf News on Saturday.

A quarter of them want to return after losing their jobs, he said.

“About 40 per cent of the applicants are workers and 20 per cent are professionals. Overall, 25 per cent have cited job-loss as the reason for leaving the country.”

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Keralites comprise more than one million of the 3.4 million Indians in the UAE and they have registered to fly back home. Pixabay

About 10 per cent of the applicants are visit/tourist visa holders who were stranded after the flight suspension and lockdown in India. The rest of the applicants include those with medical emergencies, pregnant women and students, Vipul said.

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The Indian Embassy in Abu Dhabi and the Indian Consulate in Dubai on Wednesday night began the e-registration for forming the database of their citizens wishing to fly home.

While there are Indians registering to return to various states, the Consul-General told Gulf News that 50 per cent of the applicants were from the state of Kerala.

Keralites comprise more than one million of the 3.4 million Indians in the UAE.

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Vipul however, said the missions have not yet received intimations from the Indian government about the mode of transporting the stranded citizens, the pricing of the tickets or how the COVID-19 test results of applicants would be assessed for their journey.

“There are high-level discussions going on regarding these things,” he said, adding that the e-registration would be open “till the time the issue (of repatriating Indians wishing to return home) stablilises”. (IANS)

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UAE- The Most-Booked Country for Indian Travellers

Indians travel to Dubai, UAE the most

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Among all the international countries, Indians have travelled to UAE the most. Pixabay

BY SIDDHI JAIN

Dubai, Sharjah and Abu Dhabi were the most-booked international cities for Indian travellers in 2019, and the United Arab Emirates the most-booked country, a travel booking platform said.

Cleartrip, in its travel trend report for 2019, listed the most popular international destinations for Indians.

In addition to the UAE, the countries which have made the cut are the United States, Thailand, Singapore, Qatar, the United Kingdom and Saudi Arabia.

Countries like Sri Lanka , Indonesia and Russia also make it to the top ten.

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The survey by Cleartrip showed that UAE topped the list of “most- travelled countries by Indians.”. Pixabay

For cities, the Middle East and Asia were the most-booked, with the three largest UAE emirates and Doha; along with Bangkok, Singapore City, Colombo, London, Kathmandu and Denpasar.

Where does India like to holiday domestically? Goa tops the list of the most booked domestic leisure destinations, followed by Kochi, Ahmedabad, Jaipur and Guwahati.

As per the bookings on Cleartrip, the top five long-haul international cities were: London, New York, Toronto, San Francisco, and Paris.

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The travel report also said that most people fly from Mumbai and New Delhi, while Kochi tops the tier-2 cities list in both domestic and international flights. (IANS)