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Open to visitors: After enduring a lockdown, Dubai opened to visitors again in July. But what can tourists expect when they get there?
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High season: As the scorching summer temperatures begin to ease off, Dubai is entering its high season with hopes that Covid safety protocols will reassure visitors they are visiting a safe destination.
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Precautionary measures: Visitors are required to wear a mask in every public place in Dubai or face a 3,000 dirham ($817) fine.
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Testing times: All Dubai International Airport arrivals must present a valid negative PCR test certificate. Passengers from some countries, or those displaying symptoms, are re-tested.
Masked greeting: The warm welcome is the same in Dubai, but the smile is hidden by masks. Face coverings are mandatory in all public places in Dubai. There's a 3,000 dirham ($817) fine for those who fail to comply.
Hotel hygiene: Guests can expect temperature gun or thermal body scanner checks on arrival at hotels, restaurants, malls and even gyms, carried out by masked staff usually brandishing sanitizer in rubber-gloved hands. In some cases luggage is spray-sanitized on entry.
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Beach freedom: Sunbathers lying on loungers are exempt from wearing masks, as are people eating in restaurants.
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Palm perk: Arguably Dubai's most iconic hospitality address, Atlantis, The Palm is offering free "in resort" Covid-19 PCR tests for international bookings of five nights or more until December 18.
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Emirates offers a free hotel stay with your Dubai layover

(CNN) — From Covid tests to canceled flights, flying in 2020 can be pretty stressful.
So a little piece of good news is that if you're stopping over in Dubai for more than 10 hours, Emirates airline might throw in a free hotel stay.
The United Arab Emirates flag carrier is resuming its Dubai Connect service on December 1, making travel a little easier for people navigating flight schedules altered by the coronavirus pandemic.
To book the service, you need to be a transit passenger traveling on two Emirates flights, using the best available connection for your chosen journey -- so no cheating by booking a flight with a longer layover.
If your layover is between 10 and 24 hours, you could qualify for a complimentary night at a four- or five-star hotel, plus airport ground transfers, meals at the hotel, and assistance with your UAE visa on arrival, if required.
You can expect to stay at the four-star Copthorne Hotel Dubai or the five-star Le Meridien Dubai Hotel & Conference Centre, but the airline must also put passengers up at alternative accommodation.
The service is open to all passengers, no matter the travel class -- unless they're traveling to a destination which requires a PCR test for Covid-19 on arrival.
In that case, business and first class passengers might get a stay at the Dubai International Hotel at Dubai Airport -- depending on availability -- and given access to Emirates' Dubai Connect airport lounge.
The lounge has facilities for eating, drinking and unwinding, and economy passengers on longer stopovers will also get the chance to hang out here.
Earlier this year Emirates became the first airline to offer to cover customers' medical expenses and quarantine costs should they contract Covid-19 during their trip.
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