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Dubai Eases COVID-19 Restrictions, Allows Full Hotel Capacity

Dubai Eases COVID-19 Restrictions, Allows Full Hotel Capacity

Monday, 17 May, 2021 - 10:00
The pool and beach at the Atlantis Hotel with the skyline of the Dubai Marina visible in the distance in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, July 14, 2020. (AP)

Dubai on Monday eased COVID-19 restrictions, allowing hotels to operate at full capacity and permitting concerts and sports events where all attendees and participants have been vaccinated.

The United Arab Emirates ranks highly globally for COVID-19 testing and vaccination rates.

Social distancing and compulsory face masks will continue, Dubai's Supreme Committee of Crisis and Disaster Management said. Capacities for restaurants and entertainment venues also increased.

Dubai has pushed to keep its economy, which relies on international trade and business, open through the pandemic after an initial lockdown. The emirate is due to host the Expo 2020 world fair from October, hoping to attract millions of overseas visitors.

The UAE has in recent weeks banned entry from India, Bangladesh, Pakistan, Nepal and Sri Lanka to guard against the spread of the highly contagious Indian variant.

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