What’s going on in Dubai?
Dubai was quick to react to the pandemic from the get-go. With a pragmatic approach and a strong eye on safety, the Emirates was the world’s first destination to open-up for tourism in July of last year. Soon after, it hosted a face-to-face summit with physical distancing and limited capacity measures in place in August.
The United Arab Emirates (UAE) is in the top three countries for testing most of its population in the early months of the pandemic and is now campaigning to vaccinate 70% of its population by December 2021. The UAE is also a rare example of where everyone has access to cost-effective testing, quarantine, and treatment facilities irrespective of their residency status.
Both Abu Dhabi and Dubai have strict health and safety guidelines in place to safely kickstart the live events industry in the UAE. In February, UAE is hosting IDEX, the only international defense show in the MENA region, and Gulfood, the world’s largest food & beverage trade expo. International travelers visiting the UAE should check their home country’s requirements to return.
As such, our Interactive Global Event Tracker shows Dubai as green, indicating that the city is open to events of any size. It’s an excellent destination with a fantastic range of venues, luxury hotels, and seasoned event professionals to help out.
Overall, the future sure seems brighter than it did even a few months ago. We continue to help our clients navigate the tenuous post-pandemic environment with a combination of virtual, face-to-face, and hybrid events.