National Day fireworks
Fireworks at Festival City Image Credit: Antonin Kelian Kallouche/Gulf News

Abu Dhabi: The UAE on Tuesday announced that only vaccinated people will be allowed to attend the UAE’s 50th National Day celebrations held across the country, at a capacity of 80 per cent.

The celebration protocols were announced by the National Emergency Crisis and Disasters Management Authority (NCEMA) during its weekly meeting dedicated to keeping the public informed about the latest updates of the COVID-19 pandemic in the country and across the globe.

Dr. Taher Al Ameri, Official Spokesperson of NCEMA, said the UAE successfully adopted a proactive strategy based on analysed data and continuous monitoring, making it fully ready to deal with the pandemic and overcome its challenges and repercussions.

The authority underlined the importance of the concept of safe celebration and the need to adopt the culture of self -responsibility by adhering to health protocols and preventive instructions.

The authority urged people to strictly abide by precautionary measures, wear facemask and keep social distancing, particularly in the wake of the spread of mutated variants across the globe.

Among the protocols for attending celebrations is a negative PCR test taken within 96 hours of the event must be presented by those who want to attend ND events and gatherings. Masks will need to be worn when in proximity to other people.

"Let us celebrate safely, and embrace self-responsibility to preserve the gains and efforts made for the sake of our health and safety," Dr Al Ameri said

Attendees must keep a physical distance of 1.5 metres, however, one family is allowed to sit or stand together without the need to maintain physical distance

people of all ages are allowed to attend the event, provided they have received a vaccine more than 14 days ago, received a booster shot, or have a green-pass status on their Al Hosn application.