RAK acquires Bureau Veritas Safeguard Assurance Label and WTTC Safe Travels Stamp

Ras Al Khaimah Tourism Development Authority

Ras Al Khaimah has officially been certified as a safe destination by Bureau Veritas, the leader in testing, inspection and certification services.

Ras Al Khaimah is now the first city in the world to receive both the Bureau Veritas Safeguard Assurance Label and the World Travel and Tourism Council (WTTC) Safe Travels Stamp, both of which recognise the heightened safety standards, training and hygiene protocols in place across the culture-fuelled emirate.

A strategic alliance with Bureau Veritas has led Ras Al Khaimah Tourism Development Authority (RAKTDA) to implement stringent health, safety and hygiene measures across the destination’s hotels to reduce any possible risks for employees and guests during the global pandemic. Following a series of independent audits of all hotels in the emirate, the partnership was designed to further validate the measures and processes already in place and ups the ante on RAKTDA’s ‘Stay Safe’ Hotel Certification Programme.

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The expansive Al Hamra International Exhibition & Conference Center is following the detailed protocols developed by Bureau Veritas’ global health, safety and hygiene specialists, and will become the first certified MICE facility in the region.

Meanwhile, as a recipient of the World Travel and Tourism Council’s (WTTC) Safe Travels Stamp – the world’s first ever global safety and hygiene stamp for the travel and tourism industry designed specifically to address COVID-19 and similar outbreaks – RAKTDA is following protocols that were carefully developed by leading industry associations and international organisations. The protocols cover operational and staff preparedness, and follow the current guidelines of the World Health Organization (WHO) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

CEO, RAKTDA, Raki Phillips commented on the news: “As travel starts to resume, our role as a tourism development authority is to ensure that robust measures are in place to protect the health and safety of our visitors and provide the peace of mind they need for a truly well-deserved holiday. We are immensely proud to be the first destination in the world to be certified as safe by Bureau Veritas and receive the WTTC safe travels stamp, and believe it will go a long way to restore confidence and bring tourists back to Ras Al Khaimah. It also validates the huge efforts of our hospitality partners who are focused on delivering the highest global safety standards, today and every day, as we navigate this new normal for the industry.”

Phillips concluded: “WTTC is a very important partner for RAKTDA and one we wholeheartedly support in its efforts to restart and speed up the recovery of the sector in the wake of COVID-19. The WTTC Safe Travels Stamp is an important vehicle to demonstrate alignment with essential safety protocols of the highest level and we are delighted that we can reassure visitors that Ras Al Khaimah meets these global standards.”