Attractions and venues across Dubai will remain closed until at least April 14, in response to the ongoing coronavirus outbreak.
A statement from the Department of Tourism and Commerce Marketing (DCTM) announced an extension of “all the precautionary circulars on the website until April 14”. This includes extending the closures of theme parks, museums and cultural sites, bars, nightclubs, swimming pools, gyms, cinemas, malls, parks and restaurants (restaurants remain open for delivery and takeaway only).
“In line with Dubai Government precautionary measures to ensure the health and safety of its residents and visitors, we extend all the Precautionary Circulars on the website until 14th April.”
“Dubai Tourism will continuously evaluate the situation in coordination with health authorities.”
This comes hot on the heels of the announcement from The Department of Culture and Tourism – Abu Dhabi (DCT Abu Dhabi) that confirmed that cultural sites in Abu Dhabi will remain closed until further notice. The extended closure applies to Al Ain Oasis, Al Ain Palace Museum, Al Jahlili Fort, Bait Al Oud, Berklee Abu Dhabi, Cultural Foundation, Louvre Abu Dhabi, Manarat Al Saadiyat, Qasr Al Hosn, Qattara Arts Centre and Qasr Al Muwaiji.
In a similar move, The Sharjah Executive Council had earlier announced that it was extending the suspension of all social and sporting events and celebrations in wedding halls, event halls, hotels, and government and community facilities, until the end of April.
In addition, the Dubai organisers of Expo 2020 confirmed that they were exploring the possibility of postponing the six month long world expo, scheduled to begin on October 20, 2020, by one year, so as to allow the global tourism industry to recover from the impact of COVID-19.