No Gatherings, Merry-Making for Upcoming Holidays in UAE – Authorities

With several major holidays lined up towards the end of this year – from the UAE National Day to Christmas and New Year – UAE authorities remind residents to strictly comply and observe safety protocols in the Emirates.

That said, all residents are instructed to avoid large convergences and that celebrations are to be held virtually. Moreover, private gatherings are strictly not allowed.

NCEMA Remind Residents Not to Hold Gatherings During the Upcoming Holidays in the UAE

During the UAE Government’s media briefing, an official said: “No gatherings are allowed for celebrations. No food or gifts can be exchanged. People can take part in the celebrations virtually,” the Khaleej Times reported.

He added that concerts that last for more than three to four hours without approval cannot be held.


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The announcement noted that at authorized entertainment facilities, safety guidelines will also be strictly observed. This means that the use of face masks is mandatory and thermal cameras must also be installed on-site. Additionally, the presence of training personnel at the venue is required and the two-meter social distancing rule must be observed.

Authorities also noted that for approved events, a designated staff member shall ensure that safety rules are being followed at the venue at all times. They added that cleaning and sterilization will also be conducted round the clock at all public facilities.

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No Gatherings, Merry-making Allowed for Upcoming Holidays in the UAE Accdg to Authorities