QATAR. Qatar National Tourism Council (QNTC) has launched a ‘Qatar Clean’ initiative as the country prepares to welcome back international tourists.

In collaboration with the county’s Ministry of Public Health, the project will ensure strict standards of hygiene and cleanliness in public places across the country.

The first phase was revealed in May to focus on hotels and tourist accommodation and the protection of both hospitality workers and guests. The programme, which complies with government guidelines on reducing the spread of COVID-19, is now being extended to other sectors, including restaurants and shopping malls.

The Qatar Clean programme is part of an extensive safety programme across Qatar to control the spread of COVID-19.

The country has also introduced the Ehteraz track and trace app, which is mandatory for all residents and citizens. Other measures include wearing face masks and social distancing.

Passengers arriving at Hamad International Airport undergo thermal screening, temperature checks and a COVID-19 PCR test. To ensure the safety of passengers, the airport is also regularly sanitising all surfaces and baggage.

Qatar Clean focuses on the safety and protection of hospitality workers and guests

Minister of Public Health Her Excellency Dr. Hanan Mohamed Al-Kuwari said: “We welcome the implementation of the Qatar Clean programme and are pleased to cooperate with the National Tourism Council to provide a safe and healthy tourism experience for the residents of Qatar in all the country’s hotels.

“We will study the expansion of the initiative and its potential application in other sectors, in order to ensure our continued success in limiting the spread of COVID-19 and maintaining the health and wellbeing of the people of Qatar.”

A Qatar Clean Certificate of Compliance lets travellers know that all safety and cleanliness requirements have been met

QNTC Secretary General and Qatar Airways Group GCEO His Excellency Mr. Akbar Al Baker commented: “The Qatar Clean programme is one of many initiatives by QNTC, in collaboration with our partners, to help the sector welcome back visitors to enjoy our world-renowned hospitality.

Qatar Airways Group GCEO His Excellency Mr. Akbar Al Baker is confident the Qatar Clean programme will generate trust in safe tourism in Qatar

“We commend our partners at the Ministry of Public Health and in hospitality and are pleased to have launched this best-in-class programme ahead of welcoming international visitors. We are confident this will engender trust in safe tourism in Qatar.”

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