Some restaurants in Dubai have begun welcoming customers outside the age group of 12 to 60 into their premises but a ban on their entry into shopping malls remains in place.
Businesses are gradually reopening across the UAE and the easing of restrictions is paving the way for a return to normal life.
But age-specific restrictions have meant many families are still unable to take their children or elderly parents to restaurants situated inside malls.
The reopening of a few restaurants that allow all-age customers for dine-in services has come as a relief for people facing such a dilemma.
Thai restaurant Little Bangkok with seven branches in the city is among those that are open to accepting guests aged below 12 and above 60.
Maria Bonita, a family-friendly outlet for those craving Mexican cuisine in Umm Suqeim, too is open to the young and the elderly, said a spokesman of the restaurant.
Similarly, Reform Social and Grill, a British restaurant, and Wokyo Noodle Bar in Jumeirah Lakes Towers and Al Safa are now open to all-age guests.
Even as more than a dozen restaurants that The National spoke with are accepting children and the elderly, many continue to refuse them entry.
Popular restaurant Shakespeare and Co is not yet ready to welcome young children and elderly guests, said a booking adviser.
Last month, the Ministry of Health and Prevention and the National Emergency Crisis and Disaster Management Authority reiterated regulations for malls and restaurants with regard to children and the elderly.