Starting Sunday, 15th March 2020, tourist attractions, theme parks, and cultural destinations in Abu Dhabi will be closed until the end of the month, as part of a measure to limit large gatherings and prevent the spread of the novel coronavirus or COVID-19.
The temporary closure includes Ferrari World Abu Dhabi, Louvre Abu Dhabi, Qasr Al Qatan Tour, Warner Bros. World Abu Dhabi, Yas Waterworld Abu Dhabi, and other popular destinations in the capital, WAM News Agency reported.
Tourist Attractions in Abu Dhabi Temporarily Closed
The Department of Culture and Tourism (DCT) – Abu Dhabi posted about the closure on its official Facebook page. “In line with precautionary measures to ensure the health and safety of visitors, the DCT – Abu Dhabi decided to close cultural sites in the emirate temporary starting from today until 31st March 2020,” the post stated.
The closed cultural sites include the following:
- Al Ain Oasis
- Al Ain Palace Museum
- Al Jahili Fort
- Culture Foundation
- Louvre Abu Dhabi
- Manarat Al Saadiyat
- Qasr Al Hosn
- Qasr Al Muwaiji
However, the DCT – Abu Dhabi clarified that the following cultural centers will remain open, although subject to health and safety measures:
- Al Qatara At Centre
- Bail Al Oud
- Berklee Abu Dhabi
The authority reiterated that the safety and well-being of visitors is of the utmost importance, and that it will make an announcement as soon as the cultural sites resume normal operations.
Additionally, the public is advised to check with the website or social media channels of each destination for the latest updates.
Closure of Bars and Night Clubs
Aside from cultural attractions — bars, night clubs, and other tourism establishments in Abu Dhabi will also be closed until the end of the month.
“In line with preventative measures for coronavirus (COVID-19), the Department of Culture and Tourism – Abu Dhabi is instructing all tourism establishments and event organisers in Abu Dhabi with a ban on all events and the operating of night clubs,” a DCT – Abu Dhabi circular stated, as cited by The National.
“Compliance is highly anticipated and required, noting that legal measures will be taken against any violators pursuant to applicable legislation,” the circular stated. The DCT – Abu Dhabi is the regulating body over hotel bars and restaurants in the emirate.
Meanwhile, a number of high-profile events have also been canceled as part of a widespread measure to curb COVID-19 infection. These include the Ultra dance music festival, which was canceled last week, as well as the Abu Dhabi Festival, which has been postponed.
The Abu Dhabi Festival was scheduled to run from 31st March to 9th April 2020, featuring about a dozen concerts to be held at NYU Abu Dhabi and Emirates Palace.
Other than all these closures and event cancellations, the operation of shisha cafes in Abu Dhabi and Dubai has also been banned for the time being.
Without a doubt, drastic measures are being taken not only in the UAE, but in many countries all over the world, to help contain and prevent the spread of COVID-19. That being said, we urge all our readers to trust only official information sources and to avoid spreading rumours about the novel coronavirus, as this could lead to a hefty fine and prison term.