Tourism attractions across UAE temporarily close

The decison was made in order to stem the spread of COVID-19

The Louvre Abu Dhabi is one of many sites to temporarily close
The Louvre Abu Dhabi is one of many sites to temporarily close

Tourism authorities from both Dubai and Abu Dhabi have ordered the temporary closure of major tourism attractions, theme parks and cultural destinations.

Reported by sister publication Arabian Business, the decision was made to stem the spread of COVID-19. Effective from today (March 15), the freeze will last until the end of the month.

The Department of Culture and Tourism – Abu Dhabi (DCT – Abu Dhabi) said closed cultural sites will include Louvre Abu Dhabi, Manarat Al Saadiyat, Qasr Al Hosn, Culture Foundation, Al Ain Palace Museum, Al Ain Oasis, Al Jahili Fort and Qasr Al Muwaiji. Qasr Al Watan Tour, Warner Bros World Abu Dhabi, Yas Waterworld Abu Dhabi and Ferrari World Abu Dhabi will also be affected by the closure order.

Dubai’s Department of Tourism and Commerce Marketing (DTCM) directed all entertainment destinations to suspend operations.

"The safety and well-being of our visitors and staff is of paramount importance to us. We will update you once the cultural sites resume normal operations," DCT – Abu Dhabi explained in a statement.

For the hospitality industry, all establishments have been asked to suspend wedding gatherings until the end of the month.

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