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The Covid-19 coronavirus situation in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates – updates and restrictions


Located in United Arab Emirates, the city of Abu Dhabi has a population of 1000K. The latest data indicates 900,484 cases of Covid-19 infection in United Arab Emirates as of May 9, 2022 ,with 2,302 deaths. This represents a 13 percent increase from August 28, 2021, when 2,036 people died and 715,394 cases were registered, and a 55 percent increase from March 28, 2021, when 1,481 people were died and 455,197 infected.
We will review in the table below the effects of Covid-19 on visitors and daily life in Abu Dhabi.



Restriction Applied to Recent Update
Closing or restricting schools and universities

Students at colleges and universities

Closure of schools or their alterations so the school operation differs significantly from standard non-Covid-19 operations

The closure of workplaces and the move to working from home

Workers in offices

The authorities in Abu Dhabi recommend that companies close down or operate from home, or observe significant changes compared to pre-Covid-19

Cancellation of public events and shows

1000K residents who live in Abu Dhabi

All public events must be cancelled

Restrictions on gatherings

1000K residents who live in Abu Dhabi

Restrictions on gatherings with more than 1,000 attendees

Public transportation shuts down

People who use public transportation

There are no measures to restrict public transportation

Order to stay at home or abstain from going out

1000K residents who live in Abu Dhabi

No order to remain at home in Abu Dhabi

Movement restrictions between cities or regions

Intercity travelers

Unrestricted movement between cities and regions

Restrictions on international travel for foreign travelers

Foreign travelers

Screening travelers upon arrival

Governmental cash assistance for people without jobs or unable to work

Unemployed citizens

People with no jobs or who are unable to work will not receive income assistance

Financial obligations of households are being frozen (e.g., there is no repayment of loans, water services are not stopped, or evictions are prohibited)

Qualified households

No payment relief for debts or contracts

Campaigns aimed at informing the public

1000K residents who live in Abu Dhabi

A coordinated campaign to inform the public through traditional or social media

Government policy regarding access to PCR tests (not antibody tests for immunity)

Symptomatic individual

Open public testing available to people who are asymptomatic, e.g. drive through tests

In the case of a positive diagnosis, the government's contact-tracing policy

Diagnosed with a positive result

Each case is traced through a comprehensive contact tracing plan

Public spending to Covid-19 vaccine development

1000K residents who live in Abu Dhabi

Facial covering policies outside the home

People leaving the house

The wearing of a face covering may be required in some specified shared or public areas outside the home when other people are present or when social distancing cannot be achieved

Vaccine delivery policies for different groups

Different groups

Vaccines available to all

Policy for protecting the elderly in long-term care facilities and in their communities

Elderly people

Recommendation for isolation, hygiene, and visitor restrictions for elderly people who reside in nursing homes




Changes in coronavirus status in the past few months



Restriction March 28, 2021 August 28, 2021

The closure of workplaces and the move to working from home

Employers may close their offices, or require their employees to continue working from their houses in certain circumstances

The authorities in Abu Dhabi recommend that companies close down or operate from home, or observe significant changes compared to pre-Covid-19

Cancellation of public events and shows

All public events must be cancelled

The Abu Dhabi authorities recommend canceling public events

Restrictions on gatherings

Limits on gatherings of ten or fewer people

limiting gatherings between 11-100 people

Movement restrictions between cities or regions

Abu Dhabi has internal movement restrictions

No Changes

Restrictions on international travel for foreign travelers

Quarantine arrivals into Abu Dhabi from all, some, or most of the regions

Blocking entering from some regions

Financial obligations of households are being frozen (e.g., there is no repayment of loans, water services are not stopped, or evictions are prohibited)

Provides extensive contract relief and debt relief

No Changes

Facial covering policies outside the home

Required in all shared or public spaces outside the home where other people are present or any other situation when social distancing isn't possible

No Changes

Vaccine delivery policies for different groups

Vaccine availability for key workers, clinically vulnerable groups, and selected broad groups or ages

Vaccines available to all



*Credit and clarification: some of the data were collected from a variety of sources such as Oxford COVID-19 Government Response Tracker, Blavatnik School of Government, University of Oxford, And others. the data are for general information only, And we do not take responsibility for the use and accuracy of it. We wish you a safe and enjoyable trip!

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