Weddings and funerals in Abu Dhabi will be permitted if the guest list falls under 10 people
20 September 2020| Last updated on 20 September 2020
Several people in the UAE have been arrested for having wedding parties that violate Covid-19 rules and regulations
UAE authorities have arrested eight people for hosting large wedding parties. Organized gatherings that are attended by large numbers of guests go against the country's precautionary measures against Covid-19.
To avoid violating the rules on events, and to minimize the potential risk of contracting the virus, we've compiled a quick guide on wedding regulations during Covid-19 in the UAE.
The Abu Dhabi Public Health Centre released new guidelines for hosting formal wedding ceremonies and funerals in the capital. Here's what you need to know:
Weddings in Abu Dhabi
Wedding ceremonies in Abu Dhabi are allowed to be held, so long as the following Covid-19 rules are followed:
- Weddings in Abu Dhabi must not exceed 10 guests
- All guests and staff must wear face masks at all times
- If food and drinks are served, disposable cutlery must be used
- Only formal wedding ceremonies are permitted
- The venue's capacity must be large enough to ensure minimum 2 metres of social distancing between guests
Although not mandatory, the Abu Dhabi Public Health Centre recommended that guests take a Covid-19 test at least 24 hours before the wedding, to ensure the safety of all.
Funerals in Abu Dhabi
Funeral gatherings are allowed in Abu Dhabi, but condolence gatherings are not permitted for now. The following rules must be followed by all during a funeral:
- Face masks must be worn at all times
- Condolence gatherings are not allowed. Instead, consider offering condolences by telephone or other communication methods
- Maximum 10 people are allowed to attend funerals
- Disposable cutlery must be used if there will be food and beverages
To ensure the safety of everyone in the event, the centre also recommends guests to take and present a negative Coronavirus test before the funeral.