Sharjah rolls out own hygiene stamp for tourism industry

Published: 28 July 2020 - 8:45 a.m.

Sharjah has become the latest emirate to introduce a hygiene stamp for tourism establishments.

The ‘Sharjah Safe for Tourism’ stamp was launched by the Sharjah Commerce and Tourism Authority (SCTDA) and recognises businesses which have adopted measures advised by the World Travel and Tourism Council (WTTC) and local authorities.

SCTDA, in collaboration with Sharjah Health Authority (SHA), has commenced inspecting various establishments in the emirate to ensure compliance with the required health and safety measures. This latest move is in line 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.

HE Khalid Jasim Al Midfa, chairman of 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. Our main priority is the health and safety of residents and visitors alike, which led to the development of the ‘Safety Assured’ stamp, employing the protocols set by the World Travel and Tourism Council under their ‘Safe Travels’ stamp program to assure tourists of a secure and relaxing experience at every stage of their journey and stay in Sharjah.”

He added: “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.”

The emirate joins RAK, Abu Dhabi and Dubai which have all introduced their own hygiene stamps.

Sharjah has also recently received the Safe Travels stamp from WTTC for its efforts in protecting its people against COVID-19.

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