Germany Is Ready to Welcome Tourists from Arabic Countries As Eid Holiday Approaches

Germany is preparing for an influx of tourists from the United Arab Emirates, Saudi Arabia, Qatar, Oman, Kuwait, and Bahrain, which make up the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC).

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Arrivals from these countries are expected to surge as the Eid holiday approaches. Germany is a popular destination for such travellers due to its city breaks, natural-related explorations, adventure holidays, and sporting experiences, SchengenVisaInfo.com reports.

“While Germany has countless attractions, some of the key inspirations for Eid travel include the town of Marburg, which is celebrating its 800th anniversary this spring, so culture vultures have the chance to revel in a tour that spans eight centuries of history and includes important figures such as Saint Elisabeth, Landgrave Philipp, and Emil von Behring,” a press release issued by the Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Climate Action reads.

Other interesting spots to visit include the Blue Mosque in Hamburg, one of the oldest Islamic sights in Germany with a capacity of 1,500 people. The mosque also has one of the world’s largest carpets which took three solid years to complete, and about 22 people had to hand-tie 80 million knots.

As per food, Berlin’s Sonnenallee, for some known as ‘Arab Street’, is a popular destination for halal cuisine, with bakeries, diverse cafes, and Arab stores.

In other areas of Berlin, such as Tiergarten, Friedrichshain-Kreuzberg, and Neukölln, travellers can try out a variety of foods throughout the country, from Turkish delights in Hamburg and Syrian delicacies in Frankfurt to halal supermarkets in almost every German city.

“Germany’s longstanding ties with various international communities have seen a number of cultural and historical sites emerge, with many of these key sites of keen interest for GCC travellers,” Yamina Sofo, Director of Sales and Marketing at the German Tourism National, said.

Furthermore, the Thuringia Bach Festival, where Johann Sebastian Bach’s renowned music will be played, will be available to see until May 5, with 47 concerts across the state.

As per entry rules, all travellers are permitted to enter the country, provided they can present one of the following certificates:

  • Vaccination certificate, indicating the holder is fully vaccinated against COVID-19
  • Recovery certificate, demonstrating the holder has recovered from the virus in the last 180 days
  • Test certificate, which shows that the holder has tested negative for Coronavirus in the last 72 hours

Earlier this month, the German government eased entry rules and national restrictions related to COVID-19, such as presenting a certificate to enter public places such as cafes, bars, restaurants, museums, theatres, and shopping centres. Moreover, the requirement to wear a face-covering has been lifted for the majority of public spaces except for accessing public transport and healthcare facilities.