The United Arab Emirates has moved to reopen government and business operations, but some restrictions on movement remain in place.

Key Points:

  • As of June 3, private sector businesses in Dubai, including shopping malls, may operate at 100% capacity. Hours of operation must fall within the period allowed for free movement, i.e., 6 a.m. to 11 p.m., and businesses must adhere to strict safety measures.
  • Abu Dhabi may extend its current week-long movement ban on travel into and out of, as well as within, the Emirate an additional two weeks, depending on the results of current testing and screening.
  • As of June 7, government entities have increased their work force to 50% capacity.
  • As of June 4, the endorsement of visas on passports has resumed. For all residents who have had electronic visas issued, their original passports can be submitted to the freezone/immigration authorities to complete the physical residence visa endorsement on their passport.

Background: Abu Dhabi initially imposed the movement ban in order to carry out extensive COVID-19 testing. Previously, the UAE had increased the government workforce to 30% capacity after having resumed limited services earlier in May.

Analysis & Comments: The response to the COVID-19 pandemic continues to develop, and Deloitte will provide additional updates as information becomes available.

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