Abu Dhabi strives for 100% protection with “Go Safe” initiative

By Rahul Vaimal, Associate Editor
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Abu Dhabi’s Department of Culture and Tourism (DCT Abu Dhabi) has launched its Go Safe certification initiative, which is intended to elevate and standardize hygiene and cleanliness levels across tourism and retail establishments in the emirate.

Since its initial launch in June, the initiative has already been successfully rolled out at 146 hotels in Abu Dhabi.

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Other than Louvre Abu Dhabi, one of the first venues to obtain the certification, most recent establishments to get the Go Safe certification include Emirates Palace and the St Regis Abu Dhabi along with key tourism sites Qasr Al Hosn and Cultural Foundation in earning the new health and safety – focussed certification.

The rise in the number of certified hotels and venues shows Abu Dhabi’s growing readiness to welcome guests and visitors once more, with these establishments being evaluated against 313 checkpoints that measure the standard of safety measures implemented.

These measures include the adoption of social distancing courses, checkpoints for temperature screenings, regular disinfection of all operational areas and COVID-19 testing for employees.

“In a short amount of time, Go Safe has successfully become the benchmark for hygiene and safety levels in Abu Dhabi, blazing a trail in setting world-class standards in cleanliness and improved public health,” said Ali Hassan Al Shaiba, Executive Director of Tourism and Marketing, at DCT Abu Dhabi.

“It is inspiring to witness the collective effort put forth by our team and industry partners to effectively implement the guidelines of the program. ‘Go Safe’ was created with our consumers’ concerns in mind, to help boost their trust and confidence and allow them to experience the best of Abu Dhabi all whilst feeling safe and reassured.”

DCT Abu Dhabi aims to get the entire UAE capital Go Safe-certified by the end of August 2020 as more and more establishments are currently undergoing the assessment process.