UAE emirate Sharjah has launched the ‘Sharjah Safe for Tourism’ stamp – a mark of assurance given to all establishments that adhere to the public health protocols and guidelines aimed at preventing the spread of COVID-19.

The stamp, overseen by the Sharjah Commerce and Tourism Development Authority (SCTDA), follows the measures set out 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, in collaboration with Sharjah Health Authority (SHA), has started inspecting establishments emirate-wide to ensure compliance with the required health and safety measures.

If follows Sharjah’s gradual easing of restrictions to reopen public and private facilities in the tourism sector such as hotels, restaurants, shops, malls and leisure and recreation destinations including beaches, swimming pools and golf courses, among others.

Residents and tourists visiting the emirate can look for the ‘Safety Assured’ stamp displayed in the establishment prior to making a booking or upon entry.

SCTDA will only grant the stamp to organisations that comply with international health protocols, as well as local guidelines. They can also display the stamp on their websites, marketing collaterals and other platforms visible to the public.

Safety measures already in force across Sharjah include thermal scanners and cameras at establishment entrances and restaurants enforcing two-metre social distancing between tables.

Sharjah has already received the ‘Safe Travels’ stamp from WTTC, which is a self-assessment guideline and demonstrates its compliance with global ‘Safe Travels’ protocols.