Food outlets are open in the UAE while most commercial establishments to remain closed until April 8 in the UAE. Photo for illustration purpose only Image Credit: Gulf News Archives

Dubai: While most commercial establishments in the UAE have been ordered to close down for two weeks — from March 25 until April 8 — some essential businesses are allowed to stay open.

The decision has been taken in line with the preventive measures announced by the Ministry of Health and Prevention and the National Emergency Crisis and Disaster Management Authority in view of the COVID-19 pandemic.

According to Dubai Economy, all companies should implement remote work for minimum 80 per cent of the total numbers of employees until April 8.

However, following crucial sectors are excluded and should take the necessary precautionary measures with due regard to the guidelines of sanitisation and social distancing.

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These business remains open in the UAE

  • Health Sector
  • Pharmaceutical sector
  • Food retail outlets ( bakeries, groceries, supermarkets, etc)
  • Restaurants (only deliveries and take aways)
  • Industrial and manufacturing
  • Construction, contracting and building materials
  • Security services
  • Logistics and delivery services
  • Supply chain
  • Workshops
  • Cleaning services
  • Cash transport
  • Banking sector
  • Laundries
  • Technical and electrical services providers

All other shops not mentioned in the list must remain closed until April 8

However, all businesse except food outlets, pharmacies and clinics must stay closed from 8pm to 6am until April 4 during the county-wide sterilisation campaign.

Yes, these businesses are also closed

  • Fish, meat, and vegetable markets (except wholesalers supplying to supermarkets)
  • Shisha cafes
  • Gyms and fitness centres
  • Theme parks
  • Amusement centres and electronic games (e-Games) outlets
  • Cinemas
  • Men’s and women’s salons