The Go Safe Certification Programme, an initiative spearheaded by the Department of Culture and Tourism Abu Dhabi (DCT Abu Dhabi), is continuing to be rolled out across the emirate as DCT Abu Dhabi works towards its target of standardising health and safety measures across 100% of all retail, tourism, and commercial establishments in Abu Dhabi.
The ambitious initiative has brought together the Abu Dhabi Department of Economic Development (ADDED), the Department of Municipalities and Transport (DMT), Aldar Properties, Modon Properties (Modon), Yas Theme Parks and attractions, as well as Etihad Airways in a joint partnership created to combat the spread of COVID-19 and keep the local economy moving by reassuring visitors and residents they are safe to visit any establishment because of the stringent safety protocols in place.
Since its launch in June 2020, and in collaboration with key authorities, DCT Abu Dhabi
has certified 95% of hotels, as well as Yas Marina Circuit, four theme parks on Yas Island and 33 malls across the capital, after conducting rigorous on-site inspections. Following stringent guidelines based on recommended practices from the World Health Organisation (WHO) and the Centre for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Go Safe ensures a safe environment for both residents and visitors. In addition to inspections, regular COVID-19 testing for staff across the tourism and retail sector has been made mandatory.
„DCT Abu Dhabi’s Go Safe campaign has underpinned Abu Dhabi’s efforts to safely reopen its attractions for domestic and international visitors.“
“DCT Abu Dhabi’s Go Safe campaign has underpinned Abu Dhabi’s efforts to safely reopen its attractions for domestic and international visitors. As we enter 2021, maintaining these high standards of safety and hygiene remains our top priority for protecting public health while empowering the economic contribution of our partners in the hospitality and entertainment sectors,” said HE Ali Hassan Al Shaiba, Executive Director of Tourism and Marketing at DCT Abu Dhabi. “With even more partners signed up to this rigorous certification programme, we look forward to implementing Go Safe effectively across the capital, to achieve our goal of a completely Go Safe destination.”
The Go Safe certification initiative aligns with Abu Dhabi Department of Economic Development's efforts to boost economic activities in the emirate despite the spread of COVID-19 by utilising key measures that ensure and raise the level of safety while conducting business and strengthening the confidence of customers and visitors in all commercial areas in Abu Dhabi. “ADDED is committed to continuously work with its partners and other relevant entities to enhance Abu Dhabi’s position as among the safest cities in the world, which will in turn promote the emirate’s competitiveness and attract more investments, business, and tourism footfall,” said Rabih Al Hajeri, Acting Executive Director of the Abu Dhabi Business Centre (ADBC) of the Abu Dhabi Department of Economic Development (ADDED).
"Etihad Airways has led the aviation sector in its efforts to curb the spread of the coronavirus with the introduction of Etihad Wellness, our health and hygiene programme. We sought to restore confidence in air travel through this step and provide the highest levels of hygiene and sterilisation throughout the travellers’ journey," said Tony Douglas, Group Chief Executive Officer, Etihad Aviation Group. Etihad is the only airline in the world to ensure 100% PCR testing of all guests both before departure and again on arrival in Abu Dhabi. Douglas added: “With the introduction of the “Go Safe” Certificate initiative by the Department of Culture and Tourism, the programme will enhance visitors' confidence in travel to the emirate during this unprecedented period.” www.visitabudhabi.ae