The festive season is going to look a little different this year…

As we gear up for the festive season, UAE authorities are reminding residents to adhere to the latest Covid-19 restrictions for UAE National Day, Christmas and New Year’s celebrations.

The National Crisis and Disaster Management Authority (NCEMA) has shared key guidelines for entertaining and hosting gatherings. Private gatherings and parties are not permitted, and workplace parties have been cancelled. Instead, residents are encouraged to celebrate the festivities remotely.


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The update also notes that the exchange of gifts and food will also be prohibited during the upcoming celebrations. Numbers will be limited for watching fireworks, and special permits will be required to hosting concerts and other live events.

Face masks must be worn when outside the home, and social distancing must be observed at all times.

At the UAE’s official media briefing on Tuesday, a spokesperson said: “No gatherings are allowed for celebrations. No food or gifts can be exchanged. People can take part in the celebrations virtually. Concerts that last for more than three to four hours cannot be held without prior approval.”

We’ll keep you updated as more information comes to light.

Celebrating a safe UAE National Day

Last week, Abu Dhabi revealed its plans for celebrating the 49th UAE National Day. This year, the festivities will be held without a public audience, with citizens and residents encouraged to celebrate virtually.

The main event is a live ‘Seeds of the Union‘ show, which will be broadcast on TV. It’s described as “a moving sculpture surrounded by sea and illuminated by digital visuals portraying themes inspired by the UAE’s history and values.”

Khalfan Al Mazrouei, member of the organising committee of the Official 49th UAE National Day Celebration said: “The COVID-19 pandemic required us to approach the official 49th UAE National Day celebrations in a new and ambitious way – one that uses digital visual technology to inspire an audience watching from home.”

Covid-19 – Christmas in the UAE

Don’t worry, you can still celebrate Christmas with friends and family this year – brunches and approved events are still on the table. To book your Christmas Day brunch, take a look at Dubai’s best brunches under Dhs500 and over Dhs500, including house drinks.