The United Arab Emirates' jewel in the crown has followed the lead of a number of countries in announcing that it will reopen to tourists following an extended period of lockdown
Dubai - a Middle Eastern oasis of gorgeous beaches, glistening promenades and dazzling architecture - has announced plans to start welcoming tourists again from 7 July after shutting its borders nearly three months ago.
The futuristic city and its Emirati neighbours halted travellers from arriving on 25 March in an attempt to stem the spread of coronavirus throughout the country. However, the popular tourist destination is now set to reopen after recording a consistently low number of cases over the last few weeks. Hotels, restaurants, beaches and local attractions have been given the green light to open their doors and prepare to receive tourists again.
Stringent rules will remain in place for the time being, including social distancing on beaches and public transport. Arrivals will be required to produce a medical certificate showing a negative test result for Covid-19, or undergo a medical test at the airport in Dubai. Possession of international health insurance and a complete health declaration will also be mandatory.
As a string of countries announces the relaxing of Covid-19 travel restrictions, many will be scrambling to book holidays abroad as soon as they can.
However, the Foreign & Commonwealth Office (FCO) is still advising British citizens against all but essential travel overseas. Currently, anyone returning to the UK from abroad is required by law to self-isolate at home for 14 days.
These guidelines are due to be reviewed on 29 June, with the UK Prime Minister expected to announce plans to introduce 'air bridges' between a small number of countries that will allow quarantine-free travel. It is likely that these will come into force from 4 July.
Yet the news that Dubai will reopen from its borders from 7 July will understandably be met with considerable excitement by British families who have the Middle Eastern city at the top of their holiday bucket list.
Home to a remarkable array of luxury hotels, sparkling shopping malls, world-class beaches and timeless desert experiences, it has all the ingredients for an unforgettable and awe-inspiring family holiday.