An extension on the suspension of commercial activities available in Dubai has been made.

The Dubai Department of Economy Development (DED) announced on Wednesday shut downs will remain in place for nightclubs, restaurant, retail stores and more until April 8.

As of today, March 25, restaurants, commercial centres, malls, gyms, theme parks and shisha cafes will remain closed for the next two weeks.

In addition cafes, coffee shops, cinemas, massage parlours and spas will remain closed.


All establishments will be “subjected to inspections” in order to inspect compliance of the stated guidelines and suspensions.

Their statement also reminded those residing in Dubai to “kindly adhere to the prevention guidelines, including sanitisation and social distancing”.

The only establishments exempt from the suspensions are pharmacies, supermarkets, food outlets and cooperative societies. As of today they are allowed to stay open 24 hours a day.

At present all UAE citizens, residents, visitors and others in the country have been directed by the government to not leave home unless it’s absolutely necessary.

On Sunday night, a joint statement was issued by the Ministry of Interior and the National Emergency and Crisis and Disasters Management Authority telling all the UAE public to follow the guidelines that have been issued: limit social interactions and avoid going to crowded places.

The public has also been told not to visit hospitals unless cases are emergent or critical. If visiting, the use of face masks is urged.

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