Ramadan 2021 in Dubai: New rules

Restaurants in Dubai have been cleared to serve customers during fasting hours on the Holy Month of Ramadan, without screening them from the public.

Planning a trip to Dubai during Ramadan? This might come as a relief: While in previous years, restaurants with a permit to serve food through Ramadan had to shield customers from view during fasting hours, Dubai’s Department of Economic Development recently published a circular allowing them to serve customers in plain sight.

Bars can also remain open as long as customers are respectful to others, while live music and other forms of entertainment are contained.

According to the circular, restaurants are also no longer required to obtain a permit for serving food during Ramadan fasting hours. The new rules will come into effect today, April 13, the first day of Ramadan.

However the UAE has also implemented restrictions on social gatherings to limit the spread of COVID-19 during Ramadan, and large gatherings for Iftar meals are prohibited outside of the same household.


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