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


Located in United Arab Emirates, the city of Dubai has a population of 2.5M. 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 12 percent increase from September 2, 2021, when 2,043 people died and 720,330 cases were registered, and a 369 percent increase from October 30, 2020, when 490 people were died and 131,508 infected.
We will review in the table below the effects of Covid-19 on visitors and daily life in Dubai.



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 Dubai recommend that companies close down or operate from home, or observe significant changes compared to pre-Covid-19

Cancellation of public events and shows

2.5M residents who live in Dubai

All public events must be cancelled

Restrictions on gatherings

2.5M residents who live in Dubai

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

2.5M residents who live in Dubai

No order to remain at home in Dubai

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

2.5M residents who live in Dubai

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

2.5M residents who live in Dubai

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 October 30, 2020 September 2, 2021

Cancellation of public events and shows

All public events must be cancelled

The Dubai 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

It is recommended not to travel between regions or cities

Dubai has internal movement restrictions

Restrictions on international travel for foreign travelers

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

No Changes

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

Vaccines are not available

Vaccines available to all

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

No measures to protect the elderly

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



*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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