He also said that travel is “an essential part of the kick-start of the global economy.”
He said further in an interview with CNN: “We need to make absolutely sure there’s harmonisation across the world in the testing, tracing, quarantining and mitigation methods that are being used. At the moment, all those discreet components that are absolutely necessary to get the world back up on its feet are looked at differently across the world.
“Until harmonisation happens, we’re not going to make the progress we need to get to make to get the world moving again.
“We believe we have all the steps in place both here and in London to make [a travel corridor] happen.
“But the thing is of course, before we can get any agreements signed, we have to get the governments on board.
“If we could get a travel corridor established between here and London, then we could very, very quickly see a massive surge in traveller confidence and the numbers starting to come back, which would be good for the economy.
“It would be good socially and would be a good message to other cities around the world to follow suit. So, we’re really, really keen to be an early adopter of this.”
A travel corridor between London and Dubai would restart not only leisure travel but business travel too.
Dubai International Airport is the world’s busiest airport by international passenger traffic.
Recently, the UAE updated their entry requirements for travellers visiting the country.
The latest updates have been set out on the FCDO’s website.
The website reads: “Stringent entry restrictions remain in place upon arrival at all airports in the UAE which may include, but are not limited to, a Health Authority COVID-19 PCR test on arrival, mandatory quarantine period, usually via self-isolation at a private address if suitable, or a hotel or government facility, for at least 14 days, and follow up testing before you are able to complete quarantine.
“Once any quarantine period is complete you must continue to comply with all measures put in place by the UAE authorities to prevent the spread of COVID-19.
“Arrivals in Abu Dhabi from countries that the UAE authorities consider high risk, and/or for whom the authorities assess private accommodation in the UAE to be unsuitable, are likely to be required to quarantine in a government quarantine facility for at least 14 days.”
From August 11, the UAE stated that all citizens, returning residents, transit passengers and tourists have to undertake a COVID-19 PCR test in the country they are currently in and have proof of a negative result before travelling to the UAE.
The website added: “The test must be a PCR swab test. Other test results including antibody tests are not accepted.
“The test must have been carried out within 96 hours of departure. The test result is required for travellers from all countries arriving at all airports in the UAE.”
There are some exemptions for Emirati citizens and children under the age of 12 or those with severe and moderate disabilities.
Those entering the country may also be asked to take a further COVID-19 PCR test on arrival and to complete a period of self-isolation or quarantine.