It’s happy days for UAE residents, as after a long two years, the public are able to walk proudly with their smiles on show without having to wear a mask.

Dubai residents and visitors will no longer be required to wear masks in public from September 28th, the Dubai Media Office has announced.

However, face coverings will still be mandatory in certain enclosed spaces, such as on public transport, medical environments (such as hospitals) and in mosques.

The Dubai Health Authority has also advised that people who are vulnerable or have underlying health conditions should continue to wear masks as a precautionary measure.

The new rules come as the UAE continues to record high levels of Covid-19 vaccination uptake, with well over 80% of the population now fully vaccinated against the virus.

With infection rates remaining low, authorities have decided to relax restrictions in line with other countries in the region. Dubai's reopening is welcome news for businesses and residents alike, who have been eagerly awaiting the return of normal life.

If you are travelling to and from the UAE, it has been stated that masks are not required, however, airlines can enforce the rule should they deem it necessary.


Green Passes & New Isolation Rules

During a media briefing on COVID-19 updates on Monday, Dr. Saif Al Dhaheri, Official Spokesperson of NCEMA, announced that the social distance rule at mosques has been relaxed beginning on September 28th and that the validity of Green Passes for those who have received vaccinations has been extended by one month.

To maintain the pass, unvaccinated individuals must get a PCR test every seven days.

The majority of public spaces and federal government department offices continue to need a Green Pass for entrance.

In Abu Dhabi for example, the Green Pass is necessary to enter several public locations, including malls, eateries, sports and leisure centers, health resorts, museums and cultural institutions and amusement parks.

The most recent regulations stipulate that persons who have the virus must isolate for only five days. Just those with Covid-19 symptoms would need to get a PCR test for the virus.

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