Experts Told Why Russians do Not Go to the Open Emirate of Abu Dhabi
OREANDA-NEWS. The Emirate of Abu Dhabi is open to Russians, but has not yet attracted guests from our country due to the harsh entry conditions. ATOR reports about it.
Since the end of April, tourists from Russia do not need to go through quarantine upon arrival in Abu Dhabi, but there has been no outflow of travelers from Dubai, the main and usually more expensive competitor, experts say.
Olga Balandina, Deputy General Director of the tour operator, explained: “Clients have been waiting for the opening of this direction for a long time, asked for program options, but having seen the entry rules and significant restrictions, they lost the desire to book tours. Most tourists now travel with families and for a long time, because they take tests with the whole family several times during the stay very expensive. "
All research is done at the expense of tourists. If they flew in with a local national airline, there are special rates for them at some clinics - $ 17. But the carrier asks for an additional test 48 hours before the return flight.
All this, according to experts, largely negates the price advantage of Abu Dhabi. On average, hotels of a similar star in this emirate are 30 percent cheaper than in Dubai, but due to numerous tests, rest in them will now cost even more.
According to the forecasts of tour operators, more than 80 percent of bookings in the UAE in the summer season will still fall on Dubai. Abu Dhabi will be able to receive no more than five percent of the Russian tourist flow.