Dubai restaurants can increase capacity and reduce social distancing

Dining outlets in the emirate can now operate at 80% of their total capacity

Dubai’s Department of Tourism and Commerce Marketing has released an updated set of precautionary measures for the tourism sector.

Earlier this week, it had already been announced that hotels could increase their capacity  to 100%, but now restaurants and cafes are permitted to operate at 80%, and can reduce the social distance between tables from two to one-and-a-half metres.

Updates were also made with regards to opening hours. Restaurants and cafes can now revert to pre-pandemic business hours and extend entertainment activities until 3am while adhering to the general rules.

There has also been an increase in the capacity of all recreational facilities including exhibitions, museums, cinemas and tourism activities to 80%. Business events will also be allowed to increase their capacity to 100%, while adhering to all event protocols issued by the department.

Community events can now accommodate 2,500 people indoors and 5,000 outdoors, with no mandatory vaccination.


Entertainment and sporting events are permitted to increasing event capacity to 60% without specifying the maximum number of participants, with no mandatory vaccination. However, entertainment activities including music concerts may only be attended by vaccinated participants and will be capped at 5,000 people. Performers must be vaccinated or must present a negative PCR test (valid for 24 hours ) prior to the event.

Dubai Tourism stated that it will continue to assess the new situation with the relevant health authorities.

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