First tourists land in Dubai to a warm welcome by airport staff

Thank you for your reading and interest in the news First tourists land in to a warm welcome by airport staff and now with details

Hind Al Soulia - Riyadh - Tourists from around the world stepped foot in the UAE for the first time in nearly four months on Tuesday.

The first batch of commercial flights carrying overseas holidaymakers landed on the tarmac at Dubai International Airport shortly after midnight.

Passengers arrived from a number of destinations including London, Cairo and Amsterdam.

They were among the first tourists to enter the country since airports were closed in March to contain the spread of Covid-19.

Wearing face masks and gloves, visitors were discreetly screened by thermal scanners on arrival and were greeted with a smile by the Dubai airport staff.

The General Directorate of Residency and Foreigners Affairs in Dubai posted videos of the occasion on its social media channels.

The various clips also showed officers at the immigration desks placing special stickers on visitors' passports wishing them a warm welcome to their “second home”.

Speaking to The National from JFK Airport in New York early on Tuesday morning, Dubai-bound passenger Jeremiah Tshimanga said he was looking forward to his first visit to the UAE.

“I’m so excited to finally be able to experience and explore Dubai,” he said.

“I’ve been waiting patiently during this quarantine phase for the borders to finally open.

“I booked my ticket around June 10 because I was following news from the UAE government about the country possibly opening up in July.”

After taking a flight from Los Angeles to New York on Monday, Mr Tshimanga boarded Emirates flight EK202 to Dubai at about 6am UAE time on Tuesday, and is due to land at Terminal 3 in Dubai at 7.45pm.

He said the long journey was “well worth it” after months of waiting to visit friends in the Emirates.

“I think Dubai is one of the most fascinating growing cities in the world,” he said.

“I see myself doing business and owning several properties in Dubai in the near future so I hope to network and meet a lot of great people on my visit.”

Mr Tshimanga said he booked a 10-day stay at a five-star hotel on The Palm Jumeirah.

An athlete rides a jet-powered surfboard at the Dubai Watersport Festival. Dubai welcomes back tourists to its beaches, malls, theme parks and entertainment spots on July 7. All photos by Karim Sahib / AFP

Residents enjoy a day at the beach even as temperatures soar

A flyboard rider performs stunts off Kite Beach near Burj Al Arab

Many residents who would normally escape the summer heat are expected to stick it out this year due to international travel restrictions

A kayaker takes a selfie off Kite Beach

The emirate's public and private hotel beaches have been popular since restrictions were lifted from May. Masks should be worn unless in the water

The rider of a jet-powered surfboard wows onlookers off Kite Beach

The city's watersports clubs were given the go ahead to reopen in May

An athlete performs stunts at the Dubai Watersport Festival on June 25, 2020

Updated: July 7, 2020 11:32 AM

These were the details of the news First tourists land in Dubai to a warm welcome by airport staff for this day. We hope that we have succeeded by giving you the full details and information. To follow all our news, you can subscribe to the alerts system or to one of our different systems to provide you with all that is new.

It is also worth noting that the original news has been published and is available at The National and the editorial team at AlKhaleej Today has confirmed it and it has been modified, and it may have been completely transferred or quoted from it and you can read and follow this news from its main source.

NEXT UAE becomes first Arab nation to produce nuclear energy