As the knock-on effects of the coronavirus outbreak continue, many people are now working from home and some businesses have been forced to temporarily close down.

Yesterday it was announced all public prayers in places of worship in the UAE are to be suspended for the next four weeks.

All entertainment destinations, hospitality establishments, wedding halls,  gyms, spas and parks have also closed for the next two weeks. Additionally, all Dubai pubs, bars and lounges are closed until the end of March.

While restaurants are technically still open, some have opted to close up shop temporarily. However, for those eateries that are staying open there’s some temporary rules that need to be followed.

Here’s a list of the restaurants that are currently closed in Dubai and Abu Dhabi.

GAIA, Dubai

One of Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed Al Maktoum, Crown Prince of Dubai’s favourite restaurants, GAIA, has announced its temporary shut down.


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“The wellbeing, safety and health of our guests and team members comes first,” the award winning Greek-Mediterranean restaurant’s statement said. “Therefore we will be temporarily closed from today, Tuesday 17th March.

“We will re-open as soon as it is possible to do so and look forward to welcoming you again.”

Shanghai Me, Dubai

While it only recently opened, Shanghai Me, located in the buzzing DIFC food scene, the restaurant announced it was “temporarily closing in light of the recent impact of COVID 19”. The restaurant stated it aims to open again as “soon as possible”.

Beluga, Dubai

The only dedicated caviar restaurant in Dubai announced they’ll be “back shortly” after temporarily shutting down as of yesterday. “We will be back soon with some exciting new additions,” their statement said.


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Matto, Dubai

To keep its “customers safe”, Matto, located in The Oberoi Dubai, Business Bay said on Instagram it would be closing “for the time being”.
The Italian restaurant at The Oberoi in Business Bay is “closed for the next couple of months”.

Fouquet’s, Abu Dhabi

Located near the Louvre in Abu Dhabi, French restaurant Fouquet’s, inspired by the original which opened on the Champs-Elysées in Paris in 1899, is closed for the next two weeks.


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The Loft, Dubai Opera

The Loft at Dubai Opera is shutting down until March 31.

“At The Loft, we have proudly represented the traditions of hospitality, and time has shown us that it is always in the most difficult moments that our values of empathy, respect, and exceptional care for our guests, have made a real difference,” their statement on Instagram said.  ”

We have always been dedicated to serve, and this will not be any different today or indeed in the future.”

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