As of late, COVID-19 restrictions around the UAE has increased in order to curb the further spread of the virus.

In Dubai, restaurants are required to close at 1am and ensure safe social distancing measures with a maximum of seven people allowed per table. Music is allowed in hotels and restaurants but only to a limited level, restricting it to 70 decibels of instrumental-only tracks.

Authorities have been conducting regular checks on establishments to ensure guidelines are being followed. However, one extremely popular was recently found to breach those restrictions and was forced to close.

Per The National, CZN Burak, located in Downtown Dubai, was shut down on Friday after a check was conducted by the Department of Economic Development, in partnership with Dubai Tourism and Dubai Municipality.


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The Turkish restaurant, founded by popular chef Burak Ozdemir who has over 20 million followers on Instagram, is reportedly set to reopen today following the temporary closure.

A spokesperson for the restaurant explained that they have been “overwhelmed” by the number of patrons visiting, but highlighted that they will be using this “as an opportunity to implement better and stricter safety measurements to ensure the compliance with the local government regulations”.

The Turkish-Middle Eastern restaurant is the first Dubai-based establishment for the chef, which opened on Christmas Day 2020.

It was even visited by His Highness Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, the Crown Prince of Dubai on its launch day.

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