In a break from tradition, restaurants and cafes in Abu Dhabi are no longer required to put up partitions hiding diners from public view.
As reported by The National newspaper, a circular from the municipality in the capital said that all screens should be removed and food and beverage can now be openly served in public.
According to The National, the circular advised employees who may be questioned about the decision by customers to say: "We have been instructed to do so by the authorities for all our restaurants/coffee shops. This is for the entire city."
Eating and drinking in public in Ramadan is punishable by a fine of up to AED2,000, but the rules have been relaxed in recent years, with more and more restaurants opening during Ramadan and even alcohol being served in places.
The directive has not yet been passed to Dubai where restaurants still operate behind screens during Ramadan hours.