Reopening: Receptions, social events allowed

Eudore R. Chand

DUBAI 19 October 2020: The Supreme Committee of Crisis and Disaster Management in Dubai, headed by H.H. Sheikh Mansour bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, announced that wedding receptions will be allowed to resume in hotels, halls, homes, temporary venues, and tents in residential areas effective from 22nd October, 2020.

The decision enables the community to celebrate social occasions in an environment where precautionary measures are strictly implemented, and high levels of safety are maintained.

The new decision follows the recommendations made by frontline entities to the Committee regarding social events. The Committee stressed the importance of families following precautionary guidelines as part of the comprehensive enforcement of health and safety measures. The guidelines are aimed at protecting the health of the public and ensuring guests are protected from the risk of exposure to the virus, said official news agency Wam.

The conditions for holding wedding receptions and social events at the above-mentioned places include:

  • Each hall is allowed to host a maximum of 200 people while tents and homes are allowed to accommodate a maximum of 30 people, subject to compliance with the rule of one person per four square metres of venue space
  • Attendees are required to wear face masks at all times and can remove them only when seated at their tables
  • A maximum of five guests are allowed per table
  • Attendees should avoid being seated face-to-face and maintain a distance of more than 1.5 metres between each other
  • Tables should be placed at least two metres apart from each other
  • The duration of the event at halls, hotels, homes, temporary venues and tents should not exceed four hours
  • Elderly people and those with chronic conditions should be advised not to attend social functions
  • Any person experiencing symptoms such as coughing, or fever must refrain from attending events

A set of mandatory guidelines have been issued to hotels, halls and service providers. All precautionary measures must be strictly implemented at events.

The Supreme Committee said that guidelines related to wedding receptions will be stringently enforced. “Violators will be held accountable for lack of compliance with the rules,” it warned.

Qasr Al Watan to re-open doors on 20 October

Qasr Al Watan (Al Watan Palace)’ is set to re-open its doors to the public on 20th October, 2020. The palace offers access to the public wishing to embark on the journey of a nation, an experience unlike any other.

The long-anticipated reopening will include the implementation of strict precautionary measures for the safety of guests during their time at Qasr Al Watan; these measures will include mandatory online booking to ensure that the limited capacity is adhered to. Additionally, throughout the cultural experience, guests will be asked to maintain social distancing, wear face masks and sanitise hands regularly. Further precautions will include thermal screening cameras, safe distance signage in all areas, modified capacity inside each exhibition, and modified dining and shopping experiences. Guest services attendants will be stationed throughout the Palace to assist visitors and answer any questions.

Qasr Al Watan operational hours will be Sunday, Tuesday and Wednesday from 10 am to 6 pm and 12 pm to 7:30 pm from Thursday to Saturday. The palace will be closed on Mondays.

Qasr Al Watan’s entertainment, such as the Palace in Motion Sound and Light show, will take place on Thursday, Friday and Saturday evenings. However, the Symphony of the Nation marching band will not be performing and the Qasr Al Watan Library will remain closed until further notice.



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