Following a long period of restrictions and lockdowns in Dubai, many were lifted on 27 May. There are still restrictions in place to ensure social distancing, including on the number of people allowed in restaurants, offices and vehicles. The easing of restrictions in Dubai is generally in line with eased restrictions in Abu Dhabi and the other Emirates.
Dubai has now pushed back its evening curfew by three hours, now starting at 11:00pm each night and running until 6:00am the next day. Cinemas, malls and gyms can reopen, and up to 50% of staff can return to offices. More information on the Dubai situation is available here.
Limited commercial flights have begun from the first week of April, but only to repatriate stranded tourists and return UAE citizens. UAE residents continue to be barred from entering the country, although these restrictions are being slowly lifted. Visas on arrival for tourists and other visitors continue to be suspended for all countries, including New Zealand.
Emphasising the importance of the construction industry, work on construction projects is still allowed, although with social distancing restrictions in place.
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.