Dubai Tourism Permits The Return Of Live Concerts and Events


We’re hoping this means there’re a few exciting announcements to come…

A circular issued by Dubai Government states that the city can once again host live events, indoor and outdoor concerts and private events such as weddings. However, the set of social distancing guidelines will feel mean that these events might feel different to the ones you’re used to.

Indoor events are subject to limited capacity, so that one person has four metres around them. Seated concerts are required to keep two seats between each group of people or solo persons, even in the VIP areas of the venue.

Venues are required to organise a staggered entry for ticket holders, and post-event, guests should exit row-by-row via marked walkways. Online tickets are encouraged but if you need to purchase one from the box office, floor markers will ensure social distancing in the queue.

Guests and staff are required to wear masks throughout, and performers are permitted to remove their mask provided that they are at least four metres away from the audience. There should be strictly no physical interaction with performers and fans.

Some routines will have to be modified to ensure social distancing, or shortened to limit the amount of physical contact. For standing events, there will be markers on the floor to guide guests where to stand to ensure they maintain the correct distance from others.

Santisation guidelines outline a strict list of protocol for both the build-up to an event, during, and after the event has taken place. In terms of food and beverage, pre-packaged food is allowed or buffet provided that social distancing is ensured and no self-serve.

These events can also resume:

  • MICE (meetings, incentives, conferences and exhibitions)
  • exhibitions
  • conferences/associations including meeting rooms, seminars, training institutes etc.
  • award ceremonies and graduations
  • sports – indoor venues only
  • brand sales
  • product launches
  • exhibition tents
  • temporary structures
  • weddings

Nightclubs and city promotions are excluded from this update, however we’ll be sure to update you if this changes.