The Palm tree-shaped island, Dubai’s Atlantis resort is reopening for tourists. Along with it, seven other hotels in the region have reopened for international visitors on Tuesday. But there will not be too many tourists before the fourth quarter of 2020.
Tim Kelly, managing director at Atlantis Dubai, says that they are getting bookings for the resort. Moreover, they expect to get more bookings in the fourth quarter of the resort. As it is famous for its giant aquarium and water slides.
However, the resort will be implementing precautionary measures. Therefore, the workers at the Atlantis resort will be wearing face masks.
Moreover, they will be cleaning cushions, sofas, and king-size beds in luxury suites as the welcome back the visitors. However, the resort has been vacant since the beginning of the coronavirus pandemic.
However, the resort was not operating in March due to lockdown restrictions all over the United Arab Emirates because of the coronavirus pandemic.
It gradually reopened in mid-May as restrictions were easing. Moreover, the government fully lifted the curfews late last month. However, commercial business and public venues have also reopened.
Effect on Tourism Industry
The coronavirus outbreak severely affected the Dubai tourism industry. Certainly, it is one of the most visited cities globally, where tourism accounts for more than 11% of the country’s GDP.
Most of the hotels were shut as there was no tourism and bookings were being canceled. Moreover, occupancy rates fell to less than 10%.
The UAE, of which Dubai is a part, has not yet announced the reopening of its borders to foreign visitors on a federal level. However, the Gulf state halted commercial passenger flights in March, but last month resumed regular outbound flights for citizens and residents.
Low Demand for Summer Season
Khalifa Bin Braik, managing director of hotels at Majid Al Futtaim Properties, said he expects that demand will be moderate for now as there are COVID-19 concerns globally. Consequently, the seasonal summer lull in the Gulf.
“The majority of bookings at this point are coming from the Middle East and Europe, we are looking at approximately 25% occupancy at our hotels in Dubai to the end of September,” he said.
Zeeshan Muhammad, head of marketing for Daytur travel, said they have received confirmed bookings mainly from 2021 onwards.
Certainly, the rest of the year is going to see fewer bookings for the hotels.
However, most hotels are relying on guests that come with their families and stay for a longer period of time.