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Bars and restaurants in Dubai have been cleared to serve alcoholic drinks. Previously, alcohol could only be served with food, but that rule has now been changed.

Dubai Police issued a circular to all licensed bars and restaurants to announce the post-lockdown news.

The update came into force on Friday, June 19 and read:

“We would like to inform you that, as from its date, alcoholic drinks are permitted in licensed bars and bars without meals, with the need to adhere to the general precautionary measures in the regarding restaurants and food emirate and in particular establishments”.

Alcohol was first banned from all venues in Dubai during Ramadan. The ban was then lifted during Eid Al Fitr, but was restricted to buying alcohol with a main course meal.

Some restrictions still in place

While that restriction has been lifted, there are several other rules in place.

All social distancing guidelines are still in place. Masks are still required in public and all bars and pubs are to close at 11 pm.

Brunches have also been given the green light, including one of our favourites in town at Double Deckers!

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