Several Dubai restaurants opt to close

A number of venues in the emirate have shut down temporarily amid the COVID-19 pandemic

Shanghai Me is one venue in Dubai that has chosen to close temporarily
Shanghai Me is one venue in Dubai that has chosen to close temporarily

Though Dubai Municipality has not enfored closures, a number of restaurants in Dubai have taken the decision to shut down during the coronavirus outbreak.

The Bulldozer Group’s concepts including Shanghai Me, Scalini, and Gaia, all in DIFC, announced they would be shutting down from March 17 until further notice.

Gaucho and Indie, both from Addmind Hospitality, have also closed their doors until further notice, while Tresind at the Voco hotel on Sheikh Zayed Road has also ceased to operate temporarily.

It follows a circular from Dubai Municipality that imposed new regulations on restaurants in the city including no more open buffets, no more than 50 meals per order, and stating that all tables must be two metres apart.

While many restaurants have changed their venues to adapt to the new rules, some have chosen to close.

Gates Hospitality founder Naim Maadad has called on the authorities to close all F&B venues, as has happened in Saudi Arabia, Lebanon, and Kuwait.

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