Abu Dhabi launches clean certification programme for tourism

The certification programme will be rolled out in phases, the first of which will be dedicated to hotels in Abu Dhabi

The Department of Culture and Tourism – Abu Dhabi (DCT Abu Dhabi) launched a safe and clean certification programme to standardise cleanliness and hygiene levels in the tourism sector.

DCT Abu Dhabi aims to safeguard the well-being of consumers by offering certifications for compliance of standardised hygiene levels in tourism destinations and industry businesses within the emirate. This move comes at a time when hotels, malls and other attractions in the capital prepare to welcome guests to their venues once again.

The certification programme will be rolled out in phases, the first of which will be dedicated to hotels in Abu Dhabi, with other tourism attractions and businesses to follow. Interested organisations are recommended to follow DCT Abu Dhabi’s social media channels and website for programme-related updates.

“Our priority is to ensure that our residents and visitors feel safe and comfortable in 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,” said Ali Hassan Al Shaiba, executive director of Tourism and Marketing at DCT Abu Dhabi.

“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.”

The initiative comes as part of the organisation’s commitment to ensure the health and safety of the capital’s occupants as well as its response to the change in consumer trends and behaviors as a result of pandemic.

In an attempt to contain the spread of the pandemic, the UAE began its disinfection programme on March 26, covering utilities, public transport as well as streets across the country.

Read: Update: UAE residents ordered to stay home during the disinfection programme this weekend

On May 19, the UAE reported 873 additional Covid-19 cases and three deaths, scaling the total infections past 25,000.

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