The Department of Culture and Tourism – Abu Dhabi (DCT - Abu Dhabi) announced a 'Go Safe' certification initiative, which aims to elevate and standardise hygiene and cleanliness levels of tourism and retail establishments in Abu Dhabi.
The initiative has currently certified 146 of Abu Dhabi’s hotels since its launch in June.
Louvre Abu Dhabi, became amongst the first venues to obtain the certification. The latest establishments to obtain the certification included Emirates Palace and the St Regis Abu Dhabi, which was followed by key tourism sites Qasr Al Hosn and Cultural Foundation.
These establishments were assessed against 313 checkpoints that measure the standard of safety measures implemented. The measures include the adoption of social distancing courses, checkpoints for temperature screenings, regular disinfection of all operational areas and COVID-19 testing for employees. The increase in the number of certified hotels and venues shows Abu Dhabi’s growing preparedness to welcome guests and visitors once more.
Ali Hassan Al Shaiba, Executive Director of Tourism and Marketing at DCT Abu Dhabi stated, "In a short amount of time, Go Safe has successfully become the benchmark for hygiene and safety levels in Abu Dhabi.” He added that Abu Dhabi is currently blazing a trail in setting world-class standards when it comes to cleanliness and improved public health.
Al Shaiba explained how it was inspiring to witness the collective effort put forth by their team and industry partners to properly implement the guidelines of the programme - Go Safe was created with their consumers’ concerns in mind. They wanted to help boost the consumers’ trust and confidence and allow them to experience Abu Dhabi while feeling safe and reassured.
DCT Abu Dhabi aims to have the entire emirates Go Safe-certified by the end of August 2020.