Emirates says it is ready to reinstate more UK flights to Dubai to meet demand with the UAE set to be added to England’s travel corridor list on Saturday (14 November).
Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al Maktoum, Emirates airline and group chair and chief executive, said the move recognised the country’s efforts to contain the spread of Covid-19 and ensure safety for visitors.
"We welcome the UK’s decision to add the UAE to its list of countries where arriving travellers are exempt from quarantine," he said.
"This is a positive development for the many people in the UAE who have been yearning to spend time with family and friends in the UK, and vice versa. It is also a recognition of the UAE’s effective response in containing the pandemic.
"We believe this move will benefit businesses and tourism, and Emirates is ready to reinstate more flight services between Dubai and the UK to serve customer demand."
Dubai Tourism, meanwhile, said the move reopened leisure and business travel opportunities between the UK and the UAE.
Arrivals into the UAE will be required to present certification of a negative PCR test for Covid-19 taken within 96 hours of departure.
Alternatively, arrivals can take a test upon arrival at Dubai International airport.
Issam Kazim, chief executive of Dubai Tourism, added the country was ready to start welcoming British visitors from 3 December.
"Since opening our borders on 7 July, a key priority for us has been to safeguard the health and wellbeing of our residents and guests in Dubai.
"We hope these stringent measures and the news of today’s travel exemption quarantine list give confidence to British visitors to come and experience Dubai for some winter sun.”