Covid-19 in the UAE: Latest Rules From 08 June 2021 |

Covid-19 in the UAE: What Are the New Rules?

From lifting restrictions on concerts, to allowing weddings with up to 100 guests, these are the latest Covid-19 rules in Dubai and Abu Dhabi from June 8, 2021.

Posted on

11 March 2021

Last updated on 8 June 2021
Latest Covid-19 rules and regulations in Dubai and Abu Dhabi

Keep up-to-date with the latest coronavirus precautionary measures in Dubai and Abu Dhabi

There have been more than 547,000 confirmed cases of coronavirus in the UAE, over 527,000 successful recoveries, and more than 1,600 people have died due to Covid-related health issues, government figures show.

The UAE Ministry of Health and Prevention (MoHaP) wishes all those infected a speedy recovery. Health authorities have also called on the public to cooperate and comply with all precautionary measures, especially physical distancing and facemask rules, to ensure the safety of our community.

Scroll down to find out the latest restrictions in your area.

The ExpatWoman team will continue updating this page as the UAE's regulations change.

What are the latest Covid rules in Dubai?

Rules on events

  • Social distancing should be observed at two metres instead of three in all public places.
  • Live entertainment and activities are now allowed in restaurants, cafes and shopping malls for a trial period of one month.
  • Music concerts, spectator events, social and institutional events, and community sports events will be permitted to run if ALL members of staff, participants, and the audience have been vaccinated against Covid-19.
  • Maximum attendance for large public events (requiring permits) is now at 1,500 people for indoors and 2,500 people for outdoors.
  • The max capacity for wedding celebrations in Dubai is now at 100 guests for venues and hotels.
  • Weddings held in private homes are capped at 30 guests.
  • All wedding guests and staff must be vaccinated against Coronavirus.
  • Nightclubs can now open to those who are Covid vaccinated.

Rules on dining out

  • The suspension on brunches has been lifted.
  • Maximum 10 people can sit at one restaurant table (previously capped at 7)
Latest Covid-19 rules and regulations in Dubai and Abu Dhabi
  • Face masks can be lowered while eating and drinking
  • Maximum 6 people sitting at one cafe table (previously capped at 4)

Women's prayer halls in Dubai have reopened, after months of closed doors.

Rules on hotels

  • Hotels can raise their occupancy to 100% (previously capped at 70%)
  • Guests must wear face masks at all times except when swimming, eating and drinking

What are the latest Covid rules in Abu Dhabi?

Those in the capital must adhere to the following precautionary measures:

Rules on going out

  • Parties and other social gatherings are banned in Abu Dhabi.
  • Shopping malls are limited to 40 per cent of their usual capacity
  • Hotels, public beaches, and parks are limited to 60 percent of their usual capacity
  • Gyms, private beaches, and swimming pools are limited to 50 percent of their usual capacity
  • Cinemas have reopened, but can only allow 60 per cent of max capacity.
  • Abu Dhabi public transport intake has been limited, with max. 45 percent capacity in taxis, and maximum 75 percent capacity in buses
  • Up to 10 family members can gather together but they must wear face masks and remain at least two metres apart

Rules on Covid-19 vaccinations

  • Private school students attending in-person classes must take a Covid-19 test every 2 weeks.
  • The Pfizer vaccine is now an option for unvaccinated expats in Abu Dhabi.

Rules on dining out

  • Restaurants and cafes are limited to 60 percent of their usual capacity
  • Maximum 4 people sitting at one table in restaurants, except for family members who live in the same home
  • Family members can sit together at all Abu Dhabi restaurants and cafes, at no max capacity. Previously, it was limited to max. 4 family members per table
  • Larger groups (4+ people) dining in restaurants must split into tables of four people each, spaced two metres apart