Coronavirus: Ultra Abu Dhabi Is Cancelled

03 March 2020
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Alesso, Afrojack and Seth Troxler were due to perform at the Du Arena from Thursday

Ultra Abu Dhabi, the two-day dance music festival due to be held in the capital this weekend has been cancelled.

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In an announcement made last night the organizers said that in order to deliver the best possible experience for festival-goers, Ultra was being postponed in light of travel restrictions put in place by some countries, to help limit the spread of the Coronavirus. However, a message on the festival’s site says that the event is now cancelled and tickets will be refunded.

“In line with our commitment to deliver the ultimate Ultra experience to our festival-goers and as part of the local and international measures taken to ensure the health and safety of the public, Ultra Abu Dhabi 2020 will be postponed,” a statement said.

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“The decision has been taken due to the travel restrictions imposed by some countries and airlines for individuals and groups.

“We look forward to sharing the new dates in the near future.”

With flights being disrupted and travel restrictions being out in place, performers in from across the world was proving difficult.

Held across the weekend of March 5 at Abu Dhabi’s Du Arena, Ultra’s line up included AfroJack, Alesso Seth Troxler, and DJ Snake and Eric Prydz, all of whom would have to fly in from around the world.

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In light of increasing cases of the new flu strain, with it now reaching Indonesia and New York, organizers decided to call the event off. More than 20,000 people were expected to attend.

The postponement comes after the UAE cycling tour was also called off last week, after two support staff were reported to have contracted Covid-19 and teams were quarantined at the Crowne Plaza and W Hotels on Abu Dhabi’s Yas Island.