Malls, Commercial Centers, Selected Markets to Close for 2 Weeks, Restaurants Limited to Home Deliveries

The UAE has decided to close all malls, commercial centres, along with meat, fish and vegetable markets for a period of two weeks. This closure does NOT include wholesalers, pharmacies, supermarkets, grocery stores, food retail outlets and cooperative societies.

This announcement was posted on the official UAE government news portal, WAM, as per statement by the Ministry of Health and Prevention and the National Emergency and Crisis and Disasters Management.

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Restaurants will also not be allowed to receive customers and will only be limited to serving their customers via home deliveries.


The decision is to take effect within 48 hours (on March 25, 2020) but is subject to re-assessment.

Note: This is a critical time for the UAE given the decision of closure of malls, commercial centres, and markets. Also, this supersedes the previous decision for restaurants to serve customers with 20% capacity. Please stay tuned for more updates and announcements from the government and as we update this page with more information.

Please see the full statement from Emirates News Agency below:

ministry of health and prevention national emergency crisis and disasters management authority

UAE government to close shopping centres for two renewable weeks

The UAE has decided to close all commercial centres, and shopping malls along with fish, meat and vegetables markets for a renewable period of two weeks.

In a statement today, the Ministry of Health and Prevention and the National Emergency and Crisis and Disasters Management Authority said the decision will take effect after 48 hours, and will be subject to review and re-assessment.

The decision excludes pharmacies, and food retail outlets, including cooperative societies, grocery stores, and supermarkets, along with fish, meat and vegetables markets dealing with wholesalers.

Under the decision, restaurants will not be allowed to receive customers. Instead, their services will be limited to home deliveries only.


Below is the Twitter post from WAM:


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