Dubai reopens (May 27, 2020) most of the trade activities that had been shut down as a precautionary measure against the spread of Covid-19.

A strict hygiene protocol has been spelt out as the emirate reopens leisure venues like cinemas and recreational venues like Dubai Dolphinarium, among others. Social distancing norms shall be strictly followed while people pay their visit to attractions.

What is reopening?

  • Movie theatres with social distancing and around-the-clock sterilisation enforced.
  • Leisure and entertainment destinations, like The Dubai Mall Ice Rink and Dubai Dolphinarium.
  • Sports academies, indoor gyms, fitness and health clubs.
  • Retail and wholesale stores.
  • Airport - to be operational for the return of UAE residents and transit travellers to other destinations.
  • Clinics, including ENT, to reopen; the scope of services to include surgeries that take two-and-a-half hours or less.
  • Academic and coaching institutes, children's training and therapy centres.

Rules to be followed

  • Children under 12, people over 60 and those with chronic diseases are not allowed to enter shopping centres, cinemas, gyms, etc.
  • All businesses authorised to operate should abide by the new sanitization timings (11 pm to 6 am)
  • Wearing a mask for everybody is mandatory at all times.
  • Everyone should stay at a distance of 2 metres to maintain social distance.
  • All passengers arriving in the country should adhere to a 14-day quarantine.
  • Sterilisation must continuously be carried out and only single-use utensils are allowed.

Dubai's Supreme Committee of Crisis and Disaster Management decided after a comprehensive assessment of its reports, various health and sociol-economic aspects and a thorough review of the Covid-19 situation. International guidelines for coexisting with Covid-19 were also taken into consideration before making the decision.

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