The briefing announced that face masks are not required to be worn in schools, and other closed areas across the UAE, with the exception of medical facilities, public transport and mosques.
Dubai's education regulator, the KHDA, has confirmed the rulings also apply to its schools.
These new conditions are applicable from Wednesday 28th September.
“With regard to face masks, wearing them is still mandatory in medical facilities, mosques and public transportation. All food service providers, those suspected of having COVID-19 must also wear masks, in order to preserve the safety of society, especially those from the most vulnerable groups.
Other than that, wearing a mask is optional for all other open and closed facilities and places, but we recommend the continued wearing of masks for senior citizens and those with chronic diseases in order to preserve their safety and health.”
The use of masks in indoor public places has been in effect for two and a half years.
The National Emergency Crisis and Disaster Management Authority (Ncema) ruling typically affects only Abu Dhabi - but the other emirates are expected to adopt the decision.
This article will be updated as further information is received.