Atlantis, The Palm is aiming to entice UK travellers to visit the famed resort in Dubai with an offer to cover the cost of the Covid-19 PCR test required to gain entry to the emirate.
Previously, UK travellers thinking of a holiday in Dubai would have had to “double test”, proving a negative test to both enter and exit the emirate. But local authorities updated the requirements for UK travellers earlier this month, given there is no requirement to return here with a pre-travel negative test certificate.
Now that UK guests to the resort will only need the one test, Atlantis, The Palm is offering to reimburse the cost of that with £150-worth of in-resort credit.
The new initiative – available until 30 April 2021 – is designed exclusively for travellers from the UK (aged 12 and above), and can be used to spend on anything in-resort, such as food and beverage in 31 restaurants, spa treatments, or marine and waterpark experiences (but not mini-bar, laundry, tobacco or retail).
To gain back the value of the test, guests must be staying five nights or more and present original proof of purchase of their UK departure PCR test upon check-in; all tests must have been taken from a registered private clinic in the UK and Ireland, not via the NHS. Children aged 12 years and below are exempt from the PCR test requirement so don’t qualify for the offer.
“We are continuously evolving to meet the needs of our customers during this challenging time,” said Timothy Kelly, executive vice president and managing director, Atlantis Dubai.
“As guests from the UK no longer need a PCR test to return home, we would like to continue to make their travels easier by giving back the cost of their UK departure PCR test to spend on a range of amazing in-resort activities and experiences. We hope this will continue to reduce any travel inconveniences and encourage more British guests to visit.”
Atlantis, The Palm has been granted the internationally certified safeguard label by Bureau Veritas as well as the safety seal of approval by the Dubai government, the Dubai Assured stamp.
“This demonstrates to guests that the entire resort, including all of our rooms, restaurants, attractions and retail outlets, follows the strictest safety measures and protocols to ensure their health and wellbeing,” Kelly added.
PCR swab tests must have been carried out within 96 hours of departure in the UK and other current entry requirements include completing a Health Declaration Form and a Quarantine Form, both of which need to be printed and handed over to Dubai Health Authority staff on arrival. Visitors to Dubai also have to register their details on the Covid-19 DXB App.
More information about entry requirements should be checked on the Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office website.