The editorial policy of DubaiTourPro.com.
Informing the interested public on matters concerning Dubai, and primarily on Dubai Tourism is the fulcrum of DubaiTourPro.com and thus information accuracy is sacrosanct to us. It is a core and indispensable part of our foundation. This in general is our policy and binds us. Below are some relevant specifics.
We publish on the DubaiTourPro.com platform the following:
Articles by internal staff
Articles by internal staff may contain facts or claims (e.g. XYZ are more in number than other letters of the English alphabet) and such a claim as the foregoing example must be predicated on at least a secondary source, especially sources like Forbes and Guinness World Records etc. We do not predicate such a claim on primary data (say, by the testimony of an individual). We may or may not present claims this way for example: “According to Forbes, XYZ are more in number than other letters of the English alphabet”. Where we do not present them that way, it is generally on the basis of readability.
Articles by internal staff may contain opinions or thoughts, or obvious speculation (e.g. This spectacular structure would make you squeal) of the member of staff writing but such would never be used to make a claim that is detrimental to one or more of some competitors.
Further, we may include the thoughts, praises or complaints of individuals from reliable sources such as TripAdvisor in articles by staff, although this is made explicitly and unequivocally known. We make no generalized claims by virtue of such thoughts, whatever their source.
We may publish an article based on the first-hand experience of a person who visited a place, especially Dubai. Where this is done, it is made known on the title, the introduction, the body or the conclusion or end of the article.
Articles by guest authors
We may allow a traveler to publish their first-hand travel experience that is on a par with the standards of this policy, although we may allow them to use their own language. Say, this place is the most beautiful place I’ve ever seen, or even this place is the most beautiful in the world. We make it explicitly and unequivocally known that such an article is the experience of the writer and the language and/or claims are theirs.
We may publish guest articles by bloggers which are on a par with the standards of this policy. Such articles as the foregoing two are made known on the title, in the introduction, in the body or in the conclusion or end of the article.
Further, where they are found unacceptable, or problematic, after verification, we take blames and fix the articles or take them down, faute de mieux. For damages caused, we point the offended person or group to the particular guest author. Forsooth though, such a case would be rare or impossible, as whatever article to be published on DubaiTourPro.com is rigorously vetted before it is actually published.
We may publish sponsored content by a guest author. Where this is done, it is made explicitly and unequivocally known. Such content must also be on a par with the standards of this policy, except that they are allowed to employ promotional and coaxing tone and/or language. We take blames where sponsored content is found perniciously detrimental to competitors, and where it smothers competition. Once a threat a sponsored content poses is verified, it is fixed or taken down, faute de mieux. For damages made, we point the offended to the guest author. Forsooth though, such a case would be rare, as whatever article to be published on DubaiTourPro.com is rigorously vetted before it is actually published.
Information related in a flat tone are usually considered objective, neutral and consequently authoritative. Here on DubaiTourPro.com, while we may employ the flat tone, we do not employ it as a rule. In most cases, given the nature of our audience, we employ tones of electricity, ecstasy, and vitality. This does not and is not allowed to disrupt the accuracy of the information being shared.
Ab initio, we publish in Standard English, American or British but American preferred. We do not use foul language (e.g. fuck), as our way of talking in conveying information. We do not also use them in disguise (e.g. f*ck, f**k or fvck). However, this may be allowed to feature in a quotation as it is in the source or may be reiterated or relayed. The foregoing applies to articles by internal staff and guest authors. In other words, it applies to every article to be published on this platform.
As a rule, we do not employ promotional language in articles by internal staff and guest authors, with the exception of sponsored content. However, the internal staff and the guest author may employ aesthetic and elevated language.
We may give users the means to automatically change the site’s language to some other language by virtue of some software. If this caused a problem — it should not though — we would take blames and refer the offended to the maker of the software.
Every form of extremism is starkly unacceptable and is not featured in an article to be published on this platform; nor does it form the linchpin of any article to be published on this platform.
We do not give preferential treatment to an individual to the detriment of another on the basis of their sex, nor do we discriminate or segregate any individual on the basis of their sex. Further, we do not marginalize any individual on the basis of their sex in our use of language. For example, we do not use the masculine pronouns of “he”, “him” and “his” to refer to generic nouns such as person, teacher, president, doctor, student etc. As an example:
Unacceptable: If a person wants to be a president, “he” must work hard.
Acceptable: If a person wants to be a president, “they” must work hard.
While we believe our articles can be read by individuals considered children who can read and understand the articles, we advise that whoever is considered a child may not read them.
For those with visual impairment, we hope the site’s font is conspicuous and large enough to be seen. If not, the visual impaired could simply zoom the page on their device.
For those who cannot see at all, we may introduce some software to read out the articles to them.
We employ primary data manifest especially in opinions and thoughts and make this explicitly and unequivocally known. We never make generalizations on their basis.
At rare occasions, we might use the “I” pronoun. A good reason why we sometimes employ the “I” pronoun is to ensure the writer does not sound distant. It by no means refers to the person of the writer and so should be considered as referring to a persona, even as it is.
We primarily predicate main articles (article by internal staff and guest bloggers) on secondary sources deemed reliable. We may or may not publish these sources on the articles.
We may edit this policy but never to remove the linchpin of each statement. Edits would be in a constructive form. For example, sentence restructuring, typographical error correction, and addition of more statements.