After a long period of lockdowns and tight restrictions in Dubai, most were lifted on 27 May, and the remaining rules in place to ensure social distancing were lifted on 3 June. More information on the Dubai situation is available here.
Dubai's evening curfew is no longer in place. Cinemas, malls and gyms can now fully reopen, and 100 percent of staff can return to offices.
By contrast, the Emirate of Abu Dhabi has extended its partial lockdown indefinitely. During this time, movement of people and goods is partially restricted, and although residents can leave Abu Dhabi, everyone needs a special permit and a negative COVID-19 test before they are permitted to return.
Limited commercial flights to and from the UAE began from the first week of April, but only to repatriate stranded tourists and return UAE citizens. After an earlier ban, residents of the UAE will now be allowed back into the country starting from 23 June, but will need a special permit to board any inbound flight.
International tourists have now been permitted to enter the UAE as of 7 July.
The United Arab Emirates is scheduled to host Expo 2020 Dubai, which has now been postponed by a year and will run from October 2021 to April 2022.