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DHCA Alert: COVID-19 Update for F&B outlets – dine-in permitted without DHCR permit

27 April, 2020. In line with national efforts to gradually resume activities in the UAE while ensuring compliance with COVID-19 precautionary and preventive measures, Dubai Healthcare City Authority (DHCA), the governing body of Dubai Healthcare City, would like to update Food & Beverage (F&B) outlets in the free zone on the below.


  • Permission to provide dine-in services without a permit from Dubai Healthcare City Authority – Regulatory (DHCR), which has been waived for Ramadan this year.
  • Mandatory physical distancing, maintaining two metres between tables.
  • Only operate at 30% capacity at all times.
  • Adhere to the following guidance documents:


Note: This update clarifies previous communication on 23 April; F&B outlets can now provide food delivery as well as dine-in services without permits.


For queries, email


We look forward to your compliance and cooperation in tackling the pandemic.  


Kind regards

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