MONDAY, JUNE 29, 2020 – In anticipation for the return of tourism activities globally, the Department of Culture and Tourism (DCT) – Abu Dhabi launched a new strategy, including Go Safe Certification, addressing the need to impose standards and practices in tourism to adapt to the new normal. As it continually proves the success of curbing coronavirus, Abu Dhabi gradually eases stay-at-home measures.
Go Safe Certification
The Go Safe Certification, one of the initiatives launched by DCT Abu Dhabi to implement elevated health and safety standards, is a unique programme that aims to enforce global standards of safety and cleanliness. The launch of the programme, according to HE Ali Hassan Al Shaiba, Executive Director of Tourism and Marketing at DCT Abu Dhabi, are in parallel with the efforts of the Abu Dhabi government to combat the spread of diseases, which include widespread testing, city-wide sanitation, social distancing, and enhancing healthcare services. To complement the strategy, the government is also planning out and is expected to announce other initiatives and programmes.
The Go Safe Certification is also the first of its kind in the region, focusing on at hotels, attractions, and venues to ensure that they are in the best shape to receive visitors. W Hotel is the first hotel in the emirate to be certified. The certification will move on to cover six additional hotels, four attractions, two theme parks, two malls and a public beach. DCT Abu Dhabi will then roll out Go Safe across all attractions within the capital, including malls, restaurants, theme parks and other public spaces.
The hotels and entertainment venues will undergo guided self-assessments as the first step of the programme in conformity with the guidelines and checklists provided by DCT. The self-assessments will then be verified through thorough site-inspections conducted by dedicated teams to ensure the compliance of destinations to the highest standard of cleanliness. Destinations that meet the requirements will be awarded the Go Safe Certificate, which signals to consumers its readiness to receive visitors and maintain hygiene throughout.