We can expect fresh updates from the official media briefing…

UPDATE: Check out all the Covid-19 announcements from this evening’s media briefing here

The UAE’s National Emergency Crisis and Disaster Management Authority (NCEMA) is set to host a special media briefing tonight, Monday September 26, the authority has announced via social media. The special briefing, pertaining to Covid-19 updates, will take place at 5.30pm, according to a Tweet posted by the NCEMA yesterday.

During the pandemic, the NCEMA hosted regular media briefings to update residents on the latest Covid-19 developments, but these have decreased in frequency since the number of cases significantly reduced and the country successfully rolled out its vaccination programme. The last special media briefing took place just before schools went back for the new year, when the NCEMA brought in new Covid protocols for children and teachers returning to school.

Current Covid rules

While we’ll have to wait until this evening to find out what the updates are, currently the Covid-19 rules still in place in Dubai require masks to be worn in indoor spaces.

In Abu Dhabi, the same rules apply to mask wearing, but there is also the additional requirement of the Al Hosn app. To enter all indoor places in the UAE capital, you’re required to have Al Hosn Green Pass, which requires you to have a negative PCR within the last 14 days if you’re fully vaccinated. If you’re unvaccinated, you need to undergo a PCR every 48 hours.