Abu Dhabi tightens movement and capacity restrictions during Eid Al-Adha

Abu Dhabi tightens movement and capacity restrictions during Eid Al-Adha

Dining establishments in the emirate can only operate at 50% capacity from 19 July

The Abu Dhabi Emergency, Crisis and Disasters Committee has announced new restrictions in the emirate during Eid Al-Adha. 

In an effort to curb the spread of Covid-19, a new National Sterilisation Programme will take place in Abu Dhabi during the daily curfew of midnight and 5am over the Eid holiday. The programme will start on 19 July and during this time movement will be restricted. Authorities have asked for everyone to stay at home unless it’s to pick up essential supplies such as food and medicine.

The authorities have also reduced the capacity at many venues. Cafes, restaurants, gyms and hotel spas will operate at 50% capacity. This is also the case with public beaches, parks, and swimming pools. Shopping malls will have a maximum capacity of 40%, while cinemas will be reduced to 30%.


With regards to public transport, buses and public ferries will operate at 50% capacity, and a maximum of three passengers may travel in a five-passenger taxi and four passengers will be permitted in a seven-passenger taxi.

Entry regulations to the emirate have also been updated. From 19 July, anyone coming into Abu Dhabi will require a negative PCR result taken within the past 48 hours or a negative DPI test within the past 24 hours. The regulations apply to both vaccinated and non-vaccinated visitors and residents.

To apply for a movement permit in Abu Dhabi during the National Sterilisation Programme, visit

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