Abu Dhabi scraps EDE scanners for access to malls, hotels

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Abu Dhabi has scrapped the use of EDE and thermal scanners at entry points to all commercial, leisure and tourist facilities.

However, the Green Pass protocols will continue to apply to enter most public places in the emirate.

The changes were outlined in a circular issued by the Department of Culture and Tourism (DCT Abu Dhabi).

"Based on the directives of the concerned authorities issued in the Emirate of Abu Dhabi, EDE and thermal screening is not required at entry points. Green Pass protocols use remains valid and required at entry points," DCT Abu Dhabi said in the circular sent to hotels and tourism establishments, event organisers, venue owners, museums, and cultural and leisure venues.

A similar circular was also sent by the Abu Dhabi Department of Economic Development to commercial establishments.

Last month, the UAE government eased COVID-19 protocols, making masks optional in most public places as well as increasing the validity of the Green Pass to 30 days.

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