Dubai update: Holiday spot faces new stringent measures for bars, restaurants and hotels

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Dubai is the perfect destination for an Autumn or Winter break to UAE’s continuous heat. This year, it still remains unclear whether Britons will be able to holiday there at all. Dubai and the UAE are currently not included on the UK’s strict travel corridor list.

But those looking to travel to Dubai may need to be aware of some new rules that have been put in place.

All entertainment activities in Dubai are now required to conclude by 1am.

This is part of precautionary measures to halt the spread of COVID-19, according to officials.

The new measures were issued by Dubai’s Department of Tourism and Commerce Marketing (DTCM).

The strict new rules mean that all bars and restaurants will have to stop serving at 1am.

Meanwhile, hotels will only be allowed to offer room service after 3am.

The authorities have also threatened to clamp down further with shutdowns and fines if the new rules are not followed.

The new measures were put in place from September 24.

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The UAE has recorded over 90,000 cases of coronavirus and just over 400 deaths.

UAE also has some strict measures in place for those wishing to enter the country.

Tourist visas are currently only being issued by the Dubai authorities with tourists and visitors unable to travel to Abu Dhabi by air.

The Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office (FCDO) website says travellers to the UAE must have done a PCR test within 96 hours – and received a negative result – prior to their departure.

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It added: “You may also need to undertake a second test on arrival, and to complete a period of self-isolation.

“You should check with your airline to confirm what proof of testing you need to present to the airline before travelling.”

There are also strict measures in place for those departing from the UAE back to the UK.

The website continued: “All travellers departing from the UAE to the EU and UK will need to have a negative COVID-19 PCR test result within 96 hours prior to their departure.

“This is also a requirement for travellers to other countries that require a negative COVID-19 PCR test before arrival.”

Visitors to Dubai also have to register their details on the COVID-19 DXB App.

The FCDO is also advising Britons to get travel insurance and check whether it covers the destination you are planning on travelling to.

Around 1.5 million British nationals visit the UAE every year.

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