Some rumours were circling online that there might be new social distancing rules implemented for those dining out in Dubai.

However, the Food Safety Department of Dubai Municipality took to Twitter to confirm that the previous precautions remain unchanged.

All restaurants should continue to follow the previous guidelines as stated by Circular 45. The tables must be spaced at two meters apart, venues should run at a reduced capacity and follow strict sterilisation advice. All staff must also go through regular health checks and wear masks and gloves throughout.


If you are dining out, make sure to wear a mask, only removing it when eating and avoid paying by cash.

Valet service is available at some venues, as long as they follow strict guidelines and there are additional safety rules for Shisha cafes and smoking areas.

Dubai Municipality said that between May and August, 107 food establishments had to be shut down for not following COVID-19 guidelines.

“The most prominent violations that were detected were failure to adhere to social distancing, not wearing personal safety equipment such as masks and gloves during food preparation, as well as not using approved sterilization and disinfection materials,” they said in a statement.

The inspection teams in the Municipality conduct routine inspection visits as well as visits based on consumer complaints.

Stay safe!

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