The Sharjah Commerce and Tourism Development Authority (SCTDA) has introduced the ‘Sharjah Safe for Tourism’ stamp. It is a mark of assurance given to all of Sharjah’s establishments which strictly follow the public health protocols and guidelines to prevent the spread of COVID-19. The stamp follows the measures established by the World Travel and Tourism Council’s (WTTC) ‘Safe Travels’ stamp, the world’s first global safety and hygiene stamp for travel and tourism.
SCTDA will exclusively grant the stamp to organizations which follow the international health protocols and local guidelines
SCTDA and Sharjah Health Authority (SHA), has together begun inspecting various establishments in the emirate to ensure that health and safety measures are being followed. This move occurs with Sharjah’s gradual easing of restrictions to reopen public and private facilities in the tourism sector such as hotels, restaurants, shops, malls, leisure and recreation destinations, including beaches, swimming pools, and golf courses, etc.
Before booking or upon entry to the emirate, residents and tourists can look for the ‘Safety Assured’ stamp displayed in the establishment. The stamp recognizes the establishment’s adherence to the precautionary measures implemented by the government, reassuring consumers’ safety. The establishment may display the stamp on their websites, marketing collaterals, and other public platforms. The use of thermal scanners and cameras at entrances and restaurants enforcing two-meter social distancing between tables are among the several guidelines being implemented.
Khalid Jasim Al Midfa, Chairman, SCTDA, said, “Sharjah has always maintained the emirate as a safe destination for tourists and we continue to keep these standards high especially amidst global efforts to curb the spread of COVID-19. We have outlined the precautionary measures for all hotels to ensure their guests can enjoy the establishment’s facilities with full confidence. SCTDA continuously monitors premises to ensure compliance with precautionary measures to make sure they are fully prepared to receive guests with the highest standards of hygiene and safety.”
Sharjah has received the ‘Safe Travels’ stamp from WTTC. This stamp is not a certification, but a self-assessment guideline. The countries, destination authorities, and companies that have achieved the stamp shows that they have implemented, and will adhere to the ‘Safe Travels’ protocols.