More than 97 per cent of commercial establishments in Dubai were found complying with COVID-19 guidelines during the first half of 2021.
That's according to Dubai Economy (DED), which inspected 87,223 outlets during the six-month period.
The authority issued 1,678 fines and 282 closure orders, in addition to 282 warnings.
The violations were mostly related to face masks, physical distancing and permitted working hours in restaurants.
Outlets undertaking activities involving direct contact with the public, including retail stores, restaurants and sports clubs, were the ones inspected in the first half of this year.
Overcrowding and non-compliance with physical distancing guidelines, particularly failure to regulate entry and movement of customers, resulted in fines and closure of establishments that were repeat offenders.
Some establishments were issued warnings for failure to display physical distancing stickers, among others.
Dubai Economy urged traders to strictly adhere to precautionary measures and called on the public to report any violations or non-compliance through the Dubai Consumer App, the number 600545555, or via the consumerrights.ae website.