With worldwide concern about the spread of the COVID-19 coronavirus growing, it’s natural that travellers are unsure of whether its safe to still engage with international travel. In short, some countries have been more affected than others and it’s a good idea to consider whether the specific country that you are visiting is safe to travel to rather than assuming that travelling to anywhere in the world is unsafe. In this article, we outline some basic information about the COVID-19, explain why it is still safe to visit Dubai and share some tips about how to travel safely during this time.
Dubai is still a safe destination to visit. The UAE government is monitoring the situation very closely and adhering to strict precautions in line with the World Health Organization’s (WHO) guidelines.
As stated in an article about the coronavirus in Dubai featured in the National, health officials in Dubai have urged residents and travellers not to go into “panic mode” over the spread of coronavirus. There are medical team at the Dubai airport ensuring that no one with the virus enters the UAE. Passengers from countries with a high infection rate, such as China, Iran, Italy and South Korea, are screened twice for the virus.
It is our social responsibility to be more cautious during this time and although it is not a high risk in Dubai, it is still good to be informed about the COVID-19.
What is a coronavirus?
COVID-19 is the infectious disease caused by the most recently discovered coronavirus. This new virus and disease were unknown before the outbreak began in Wuhan, China, in December 2019.
Coronaviruses are a large family of viruses which may cause illness in animals or humans. In humans, several coronaviruses are known to cause respiratory infections ranging from the common cold to more severe diseases such as Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS) and Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS). The most recently discovered coronavirus causes coronavirus disease COVID-19.
Can I still ride camels in Dubai?
Some travellers in Dubai are unsure whether it is still safe to ride camels. Camels are not a threat.
Several years ago, the MERS virus was linked to camels so naturally some guests may be concerned as to whether it’s still safe to ride a camel. The COVID-19 is a different strand to MERS and there have been no suggestions that camels are linked; in fact, camels have been ruled out as the origins of this new strand of the Coronavirus and it is looking more likely that the origins could be related to bat species.
As long as you choose a reputable tour operator, there is nothing to worry about and it is still safe to ride camels. Have a look at our Things to do in Dubai 2020 article for reference to trusted tour operaters in Dubai.
What are the symptoms?
The most common symptoms of COVID-19 are fever, tiredness, and dry cough. Some patients may have aches and pains, nasal congestion, runny nose, sore throat or diarrhea.
COVID-19 Coronavirus travel tips – how to stay safe?
- Make sure to wash your hands with disinfectant frequently.
- Avoid touching your face with your hands – our hands touch a lot of surfaces and can carry germs.
- At the airport make sure you carry a bottle of hand sanitizer. Be vigilant about keeping your hands clean, especially before eating.
- When you reach your destination, avoid very crowded spaces where possible like shopping malls and concerts. Take this as an opportunity to explore the natural wonders of a destination and get into nature.
- It is ok to ask tour operators or hotels what safety measures they are taking to prevent the spread of the Coronavirus, it is your right.
- Do your research before you travel. There is a lot of global panic about the COVID-19 coronavirus at the moment. Before you jump to the conclusion that nowhere is safe to travel to, do your own research to find out what precautions the country is taking to keep its citizens safe. You may even find that you are safer in the country that you are visiting than your home country.
- Keep an eye on the World Health Organization’s Q&A page about the COVID-19 Coronavirus. It is a very useful resource with up to date an accurate information.
- If you feel unwell and experience any of the flu symptoms, get yourself checked by a medical professional urgently.
- WHO advises rational use of medical masks to avoid unnecessary wastage of precious resources. Use a mask only if you have respiratory symptoms (coughing or sneezing).
- Maintain a distance of at least 1 metre from people who are coughing or sneezing.