Abu Dhabi extends closure of cultural sites, tourist attractions and more

Siobháin Spear
Apr 4, 2020

The Department of Culture and Tourism has extended its ban to prevent the spread of COVID-19.

While announcements to resume select flights are positive steps forward in a world brought to a stand still by the COVID-19 pandemic, the fight against the virus is still far from over. As a further precautionary measure to prevent the spread of the coronavirus, Abu Dhabi’s Department of Culture and Tourism has extended the ban on all events, wedding parties and venue closures until further notice.

According to WAM, the authority has also extended the suspension of all tour services and activities related to sea cruises, desert camps and safari tours. In addition to this, the operation of floating restaurants will also remain closed until further notice, and routine checks will be carried out to verify compliance with the Department’s instructions.

On March 19, the Department of Culture and Tourism for Abu Dhabi announced its decision to temporarily suspend all events and nightclub operations, as well as a temporary ban on wedding parties, in the interests of the safety of guests, staff, and the general public. Directives were also given for the temporary closure of Abu Dhabi’s culture and tourism hotspots.

In light of the current pandemic, Abu Dhabi has also reworked its marketing message to call on people to #StayHome but #StayCurious in a heartwarming video released on its social channels.

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