Good news for Brits in Dubai as the UAE has been added to the UK government’s travel corridor. This means that travellers arriving in the UK from Dubai or Abu Dhabi won’t be required to quarantine for two weeks.
Which is great news for Brits looking to get home for Christmas. And it’s also a real boost to the tourism sector as it makes it much easier for people to escape Britain’s rain and cold and get some winter sun in the UAE.
Transport secretary Grant Shapps Tweeted the news. “Bahrain, Chile, Iceland, Cambodia, Laos, UAE, Qatar and Turks and Caicos islands have been added to the Travel Corridor list. If you arrive from these countries after 4am on Saturday 14 November you will NOT need to self-isolate.”
The UAE was quick to react and praise the move. HH Sheikh Ahmed Bin Saeed Al Maktoum, the Chief Executive of Tweeted his excitement at the news of the UAE travel corridor. And said that Emirates would start adding more flights from the UK to the UAE.
UAE and Israel to start daily flights
In other travel news, three Israel airlines are to start daily flights Tel Aviv to Dubai.
El Al will start a twice daily service, Arkia will operate daily and while Israir will run six flights a day.
“There is a lot of anticipation following the signing of the historic accords and both sides recognise the importance of enabling air connectivity as one of the first important steps to realising those expectations,” said Jamal Al Hai, Deputy CEO of Dubai Airports. “Both sides are keen to open air travel as a first step towards facilitating people to people contact, tourism and trade”
The UAE and Israel signed a peace deal and normalisation treaty in early September. As well as regular flights between Dubai and Israel, there have been a number of changes including both sides agreeing to visa-free entry for their visitors.