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26/11/2020

U.A.E pioneers safe & secure bio-bubble

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A Bio-Bubble can be defined as a safe and secure environment isolated from the outside world to minimise the risk of infection.

According to information from Frost & Sullivan, in addition to the reassurance aspect, a lot needs to evolve in the current operating model of the hospitality industry. The global hospitality industry and regionally MENA in particular, has gone through its worse crisis due to the pandemic. A new design of service involving the safety and security of guests, is being pioneered successfully in the MENA region in the form of “bio-bubbles”.

Innovation in times of the pandemic, a Bio-Bubble can be defined as a safe and secure environment isolated from the outside world to minimise the risk of infection. By design, it permits only authorised and accounted for inhabitants to enter the protected area after testing negative for the infection.

The most recent and successful example of this was the recent IPL T20 Cricket tournament in UAE from September 19 to November 10, 2020. Through a series of hazard analysis and critical control point evaluations, protocols were established for players, officials and other participants to stay in the UAE without the risk of contracting and spreading the infection.

Major focus was to ensure smooth gameplay, leisure aspect of the participants was taken care of through bespoke travel and stay arrangements with dedicated vehicles, hotel floors, support staff and contact persons. Dedicated sterilisation of living quarters, travel vehicles and high contact surfaces at regular intervals formed a daily feature and was done under the observation and recommendation of leading industry brands and experts.

This setup and arrangement has emerged as a benchmark to follow for both in the region and globally. While the nuances can and should differ as per need, the essence of bio-bubbles can be applied to dynamic requirements of guests, and it has the potential to kick-start the sector.

On one hand, innovations such as bio-bubbles take care of the boundary conditions; however, there also exists a scope of innovation within the confines of the hospitality property itself. With health, hygiene, and wellbeing becoming the prime focus for consumers in the new normal, one needs to adopt such innovative elements into the core functioning of a hospitality establishment.


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