The UAE’s response to the coronavirus has been ramping up week on week. From the announcement of concert and festival cancellations at the beginning of March through to the introduction of an enhanced cleaning and sterilization programme last week, big steps are being taken to halt the spread of the virus.
Now though, following the example taken by schools in the UAE, many services and public gathering places are being closed.
It was announced last night that all public and private beaches, parks, swimming pools, movie theatres, and sports halls and lounges would be closed for a period of two weeks.
This is in addition to all pubs, bars and public lounges that were ordered to close with immediate effect on March 16 until the end of the month.
In a statement issued today, Dubai Tourism said of the closures:
“Dubai Tourism will continuously evaluate the situation in coordination with the health authorities.”
It was also announced that all gyms and bodybuilding centres would be closed for a similar period. In addition, spas and massage parlours as well as theme parks, cinemas and public parks are all set to shut up shop at least until the end of the month.
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سلامة وصحة زوارنا هي أولويتنا، لهذا وتبعاً لتوجيهات دائرة التنمية الإقتصادية بدبي، تعلن قمة البرج، برج خليفة إغلاق جميع منصاتها على الطوابق 148, 125,124 وذا لاونج 153,154 و152 حتى نهاية شهر مارس. سيتم إعادة قيمة جميع التذاكر المحجوزة مسبقاً أو تغيير تاريخ الزيارة في فترة الإغلاق، يرجى التواصل معنا على (800 28843867) أو على البريد الإلكتروني email@example.com لإستعادة قيمة التذاكر. نعتذر عن أي إزعاج قد تسببه لكم هذه الإجراءات ومتشوقون لاستقبالكم مجدداً قريباً Nothing is more important to us than the wellbeing of our guests. For that reason and following a mandate from the UAE Department of Economic Development, At The Top, Burj Khalifa will remain closed until the end of March 2020. This includes levels 148, 125, 124 and The Lounge at levels 154,153 and 152. Guests who have purchased dated tickets are eligible for a complimentary date change or full refund. For further inquiries, call us at 800 AtTheTop (800 28843867) or e-mail us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
At the Dubai Mall the aquarium, underwater zoo and ice rink are also all closed.
At the Burj Khalifa, the viewing platform atop the world’s tallest building will also be shut to the public until the end of March. At The Top, located on the 124th level of the tower is now closed to the public. This closure also includes Burj Khalifa Sky Level 148; The Lounge, Burj Khalifa Levels 154, 153, 152."
The decision to close so many public attractions follows moves by Abu Dhabi to close its public beaches and parks until the end of the month.
Working from home has not yet been made mandatory but is now being encouraged. Sporting events like horse racing are already taking place behind closed doors and the UAE football association has announced that it is suspending all football for four weeks.
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