Dubai: Burj Khalifa greets tourists with stunning show


Several holiday makers who made a beeline for Dubai as soon as it reopened to tourists on Tuesday are celebrating in the shadow of the world’s tallest building, the Burj Khalifa. And tourists who made their way to the glitzy Dubai Downtown were wowed by an impressive ‘welcome back’ show on the skyscraper’s famed LED screen, which is the world’s largest as well.

The building lit up in an array of colours as it flashed ‘Welcome to Dubai’. A video tweeted by the Government of Dubai Media Office on Wednesday shows socially-distancing tourists taking selfies and photos of the impressive show. A couple of tourists in masks are seen dancing, while a family gives the victory sign.

The first set of holiday makers landed at the Dubai International Airport on July 7. On day one, Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Crown Prince of Dubai, headed to the airport to inspect all the safety precautions in place.

Sheikh Hamdan inspected the various arrival points at the airport, including immigration and Covid-19 testing booths.

The emirate reopened to tourists after the remarkable progress it achieved in curbing the spread of Covid-19. A week before the reopening date, it received the Safe Travels Stamp from the World Travel and Tourism Council (WTTC), which validates the stringent global hygiene and safety protocols the city has put in place to ensure the health and safety of tourists and passengers.

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