Dubai will finally open its doors to the world again, after months of uncertainty and anticipation. A move that will provide a much-needed boost to the emirate’s aviation and hospitality sectors.

Dubai’s Supreme Committee of Crisis and Disaster Management revealed that residents stranded abroad would be allowed to travel from June 22, with citizens and residents allowed to travel overseas from the 23rd. Under the directives, visitors and tourists will also be allowed to travel to Dubai from July 7.

For Emirates – and the rest of the region’s airlines – the news couldn’t come at a better time. Although the final financial toll of the Covid-19 pandemic on the sector has yet to be determined, early reports have been grim. According to statistics from the International Air Transport Association (IATA), Middle East airlines posted a 97.3 percent traffic contraction for April, compared to a 50.3 percent in March.