The Dubai Economic Department (DED) on Monday, 25 May 2020 announced the second phase of malls, restaurants, recreational attractions and businesses reopening in Dubai. This news has been welcomed by residents across the city, but the government has urged the public to still practice caution and only leave their homes for emergencies. If you are curious about how the restrictions in Dubai will be lifted in a safe manner, take a look at Dubai reopening guidelines announced by the government.
Following a meeting of Dubai’s Supreme Committee of Crisis and Disaster Management, the Crown Prince of Dubai and Chairman of The Executive Council His Highness Sheikh Hamdan Bin Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum announced the exciting news about the reopening of business activities in Dubai.
The Supreme Committee of Crisis and Disaster Management’s latest announcement on Dubai reopening has allowed private sector businesses and shopping malls in the emirate to operate at full capacity from June 3, 2020.
Previously, the following business sectors and destinations were also allowed to re-open in line with the detailed SOPs issued by the DLD.
- Wholesale and retail
- Clinics (Dentists, ENT and elective surgeries of less than 2.5-hour duration.
- Airports for repatriation and transit flights
- Sports academies, fitness and sports clubs and indoor gyms
- Leisure and entertainment destinations
- Outsourced Government services and centres
- Auction houses
These relaxations also apply to restaurants, malls and businesses in Abu Dhabi. The capital city is also working hard to reopen key economic sectors in a phased manner.
This does not, however, mean that public gatherings are allowed. Dubai residents have been instructed to continue abiding by social distancing guidelines and will be required to use masks and gloves while outside.
While the 24-hour sterilisation operations will no longer be in place, the sanitation drive will continue to happen across the city between 11:00 pm and 06:00 am, so people cannot step outside their homes at this time as per the Dubai reopening guidelines by DED.
DED GUIDELINES FOR REOPENING LEISURE AND ENTERTAINMENT DESTINATIONS
After nine weeks of closure, the Dubai Economic Department has given a green signal for the reopening of recreational places in Dubai, with strict SOPs to ensure public safety.
From May 27, 2020 leisure and recreational venues in Dubai will reopen. These places include cinemas, theme parks, public parks, sports academies and health clubs. This also means that people can now visit places like the Dubai Dolphinarium and the ice rink in Dubai Mall.
These places have to follow strict operational protocols and guidelines issued by the DLD.
- Children under the age of 12, adults aged over 60, and those prone to illnesses or suffering from chronic diseases are not allowed to enter these areas (shopping malls, cinemas, gyms, etc.)
- Cinemas must perform round the clock sterilisation
- All recreational spaces must adhere to the sterilisation timings, which are now fixed at 11:00 pm to 06:00 am
- All people visiting these places must wear a mask at all times.
- A safe 2-metre distance must be maintained by visitors inside and outside the premises.
Previously, the DED had announced the reopening of malls and other commercial outlets in the first phase of restoring economic activity in Dubai and asked the concerned entities to prepare and make necessary arrangements to open up once the directives are sent out.
“Once the reopening (of Dubai) is announced, businesses can reopen after they have complied with the guidelines and protocols and are ready to receive customers/resume operations,” Dubai Economic Department said in a statement.
Based on the success of the sterilisation drive in Dubai, which is still ongoing, the Supreme Committee of Crisis and Disaster Management, has further relaxed the restrictions in the emirate.
Reopening Guidelines for Retail outlets and Malls in Dubai
There are also strict guidelines for malls and retail businesses that have reopened in Dubai. While residents can visit such spaces, they must always wear a mask and gloves; failure to do so can result in legal action.
As per the latest announcement by the Supreme Committee of Crisis and Disaster Management, shopping malls in Dubai can operate at full (100%) capacity starting June 3, 2020, while adhering to the Covid-19 precautionary measures outlined by the government.
Most malls will stay open from 10:00 am to 10:00 pm everyday. Shopping centres and other commercial retail markets can stay open from 06:00 am to 10:00 pm, as they see fit. Those visiting these centres should note that they may be subject to a temperature check.
The management of these malls and shopping centres have also been given detailed guidelines on how they can carry out routine sterilisation. They have also been instructed to provide hand sanitisers across the facility.
Restaurants and shops can only operate at a maximum of 50% capacity. No private events will also be allowed at these premises. Shisha services and buffets have also been suspended until further notice in all the restaurants and cafes reopening in Dubai.
The committee has also confirmed that valet parking has been suspended at all malls and restaurants reopening in Dubai. Additionally, only the first hour of parking will be free at the malls reopening in Dubai. They also confirmed that 70% of the parking spaces will be available.
Guidelines for Reopening Businesses in Dubai
Businesses and offices that resume normal operations in Dubai have to ensure that a physical distance of two metres is maintained between colleagues at all times. Private sector offices can now operate at a 100% capacity, given they have the mandatory Covid-19 SOPs in place.
For public sector employees this 50% rule will be applicable from 01 June 2020. Sheikh Hamdan also announced that public sector companies will be operating at 100% capacity from 14 June 2020.
The companies have also been instructed that pregnant women and employees over 60 have must continue to work from home as per the official Dubai government reopening plan.
Similar to the DED guidelines for other sectors, office staff returning to work in Dubai have also been asked to wear masks at all times. If you are reporting back to work soon, make sure you take the necessary precautions and keep your workplace safe from coronavirus with these helpful tips.
Reopening Guidelines in Dubai for Public Transport
Public transport in Dubai, including the Dubai Metro, have resumed operations from Sunday 26 April, 2020.
The Dubai Metro timings will be from 07:00 am to 12:00 am from Saturday to Thursday and 10:00 am to 12:00 on Fridays. The Tram network in Dubai will operate on the same timings as the Dubai Metro.
RTA buses will operate on 142 routes following their normal schedules from 6:00 am to 11:00 pm daily. Intercity bus service however, remains suspended.
Similarly, taxis will continue to operate as usual from 06:00 am to 12:00 am daily. The Water Taxis will operate daily between 07:00 am to 10:00 pm. The line between Dubai and Sharjah however, remains suspended.
Sterilisation drives in Dubai for public transport will continue to be in effect and passengers will have to maintain social distancing while using public transport.
General FAQs about Dubai Reopening Plan
Can I leave my home without a permit in Dubai?
You may leave your house without a permit between 06:00 am and 11:00 pm. Full restrictions on movement, however, are in place during the night between 11:00 pm and 06:00 am. When you are outside, ensure you take the right precautions while using public transport.
Do I still need to wear a mask?
Yes, you still have to wear a mask if you are travelling, going to the supermarket or office. Failure to comply with this can result in fines of AED 3000.
Am I still required to wear gloves?
Wearing gloves is optional, but recommended.
Can I exercise outdoors?
Yes, you are allowed to exercise, however, this can only be for a duration of 1-2 hours. No more than five people are allowed to work out together. People should also maintain a safe distance and are required to wear a mask.
Can I visit friends and family now?
As per the Dubai reopening plan you are allowed to visit first and second-degree relatives.
These are some of the main points from the Dubai reopening guidelines issued by DED. Kindly note that we still need to be responsible residents in Dubai and take the necessary precautions to prevent the spread of coronavirus in the UAE. Residents have also been advised to practice caution, avoid physical contact and use electronic payment methods while making purchases.
It’s imperative that we support the government and stay vigilant even as movement restrictions are partially lifted in Dubai. So make sure you co-operate when authorities carry out temperature checks at entrances and wear protective gear at all times. While the businesses and markets reopening in Dubai will certainly bring back some normalcy to our lives, it’s important to do our part and stay committed to the UAE’s fight against COVID-19.