On 23 January, Abu Dhabi International Airport and Dubai International Airport announced that travellers arriving directly from China would have their temperatures screened.
On 29 January, the first case in the United Arab Emirates was confirmed in a Chinese national who came to the country on vacation with their family from Wuhan. The family of four, mother, father, nine-year-old girl and grandmother, arrived in the Emirates on 16 January and took the grandmother to a doctor with flu-like symptoms on 23 January, where it was discovered that the family was infected with the virus. The announcement led to a sell out of face masks across the UAE.
On 31 January, the fifth case of coronavirus in the UAE was confirmed, in someone who had travelled from Wuhan to Dubai.