Planning a bash on New Year's Eve in Dubai? These are the rules you need to follow. Image Credit: Supplied

Dubai: With 2020 drawing to a close, you may be hoping to catch up with family and friends to ring in the new year. However, it is important to follow COVID-19 precautionary measures outlined by health authorities in the UAE and the World Health Organisation (WHO) to protect yourself and the community.

In an announcement made on December 26, Dubai’s Supreme Committee of Crisis and Disaster Management informed people in Dubai to follow certain guidelines that need to be adhered to. Here is all you need to know about partying safely for New Year’s Eve.

Maximum people allowed in a private party - 30

According to the announcement, family gatherings and events organised in tents and homes are allowed to accommodate a maximum of 30 people, subject to compliance with the rule of one person per four square metres of venue space.

Social distancing to be always maintained

Even though a maximum of 30 people have been allowed, it is important to note that you would also need to ensure that the people attending are always wearing a face mask and practising a social distance of at least two metres at all times.

When you should stay away from parties

Elderly people and those with chronic conditions should be advised not to attend these gatherings. Also, any person experiencing symptoms such as coughing or fever must refrain from attending events.

Stringent penalties

The Supreme Committee also announced that both the host and the attendees would be fined in case these rules are violated.

Dh50,000 - Fine for the hosts of private social gatherings that violate guidelines.

Dh15,000 each – Fine for attendees at a party or social gathering that violates guidelines.


The Supreme Committee stressed that guidelines related to private social gatherings will be stringently enforced and inspections will continue to be held to ensure compliance.