Dubai restaurants to serve alcohol next week

Bars and cabarets will refrain from serving alcoholic beverages as Covid-19-related restrictions continue

Licensed restaurants located in and outside hotels in Dubai will again be allowed to serve alcohol starting next week. 

Licensed restaurants located in and outside hotels in Dubai will again be allowed to serve alcohol starting Sunday next week, after Ramadan, according to documents seen by Arabian Business.

This is on the condition that the alcoholic beverages can only be served in licensed restaurants when ordering meals, with the service limited to tables. 

The drinks are also to be served in single-use glasses only, and are not permitted to be sold directly in the bottles, the documents show. 

Alcoholic beverages are not to be consumed at the bar, however. Bars and cabarets will continue to refrain from serving alcohol. 

All facilities must adhere to general precautions regarding restaurants and food establishments, which are allowed to operate at a 30% maximum capacity and social distancing of two metres between tables.

On Monday the UAE government announced a two-hour extension to the current lockdown, after revealing an increase in the number of Covid-19 cases. The National Disinfection Programme will be from 8pm to 6am starting today May 20, until further notice. Shopping malls opening hours have also been reduced to 9am to 7pm. 

However new timings will be announced after Eid al-Fitr, which is expected to fall on Saturday May 23 or Sunday May 24.

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