In light of the rising number of coronavirus cases in the UAE, the government is taking active steps to prevent the spread of the virus. After the news of all major UAE events postponed over coronavirus fears, the most recent actions taken by the government to stem the spread of the virus includes the closure of all tourist attractions, recreational facilities and public spaces, until the end of March 2020. So if you had plans to get in a session at the gym or visit your favourite theme park this weekend, it would be a wise decision to practise social distancing instead, out of respect to public safety. Let’s take a look at some of the UAE venues closed due to coronavirus fears.
DUBAI VENUES CLOSED DUE TO CORONAVIRUS
Following the closure of Dubai schools due to COVID-19, the Dubai Government has announced the temporary closure of various entertainment venues, tourist attractions and more. Here is a list of places that have been asked to shut down due to the COVID-19 pandemic in the UAE.
PUBLIC PLACES CLOSED IN DUBAI
COVID-19 is known to quickly spread which is why the first set of places closed in Dubai due to coronavirus fears included all public spaces like cinemas, public parks, theme parks and gyms. The closure of these places in Dubai is an effort to help limit the number of interactions amongst the public to contain the spread of the virus.
Popular gyms in Dubai like Fitness First and Golds Gym announced via their social media handles, that they will remain closed until the end of the month as per the UAE Government’s directives.
Beaches in Dubai are also closed to the public until the end of the month.
All major theme parks in Dubai also announced that will be closed. This includes IMG Worlds of Adventure, Dubai Parks and Resorts, Motiongate Dubai, Legoland Dubai, Legoland Waterpark Dubai and Bollywood Parks Dubai,
The other venues that fall under this directive include public parks in Dubai like Zabeel Park and Creek Park.
All malls and non-essential shops in Dubai have also been closed from March 23, 2020, for a two-week period.
TOURIST ATTRACTIONS SHUT DOWN
Following the closure of all public places in Dubai due to COVID-19, the Dubai Municipality announced that all major entertainment venues will also have to shut down. Global Village was the first to announce that will be closing its 2019-2020 season this month. The season which was supposed to run until 4 April 2020 will now return next year.
The Dubai Culture and Arts Authority also announced that heritage sites and museums in Dubai like the Dubai Museum and the Al Fahidi Historical Neighbourhood (Bastakiya district) will be closed to visitors until the end of March 2020. The directive also stated that public libraries in Dubai will also remain closed in line with ongoing efforts to safeguard public health.
Other tourist attractions in Dubai shutting down because of coronavirus include the Dubai Opera, Dubai Miracle Garden, Dubai Butterfly Garden and the Dubai Frame.
RECREATIONAL FACILITIES CLOSED IN DUBAI
Here is the list of recreational places closed in Dubai.
Parlours and spas
Along with the closing of gyms, public spaces and tourist attractions, licensed establishments like massage parlours and spas have also suspended their services from 15 March 2020 till the end of the month.
Nightclubs and bars
Other recreational venues shut down in Dubai due to coronavirus include all gaming centres, bars and nightclubs in Dubai. All shisha places in Dubai are banned from serving shisha at the restaurants as well.
Malls in Dubai
As of March 23, all malls in Dubai will close for a period of two weeks due to coronavirus. Only the grocery stores, pharmacies and medical clinics within the mall remain open
Fresh food markets in Dubai (excluding wholesalers) that sell fish, meat and vegetable markets will also remain closed for the next two weeks.
Restaurant in the malls in Dubai will not be open for customers to dine in, instead, their services will be limited to home deliveries only.
Restaurants in Dubai
As of Monday, 23 March 2020 all restaurants cafes, cafeterias, coffee shops and food service establishments will remain closed for the next two weeks. Any restaurants that are part of hotels will only be able to serve its guests.
Places of worship
The Emirates News Agency reported that prayer services across all mosques in Dubai have also been suspended for a period of four weeks. Only the Azan (call for prayer) will be recited during the prayer times in Dubai. The directive also extends to all other places of worship in the city including the temples in Bur Dubai and all churches in Dubai.
The public has also been asked to refrain from holding parties and wedding celebrations at home, until the end of the month.
Smart Gates at Dubai International Airport and Dubai World Central will not be in operation for departing passengers from 8 March until further notice as a precautionary measure against coronavirus.
Along with these Dubai venues closed due to coronavirus, the Department of Tourism and Commerce Marketing (DTCM) has asked Tour Operators in Dubai to suspend tour services and activities related to sea cruises, desert camps and safari and floating restaurants with immediate effect from Monday, 16 March till the end of the month.
ABU DHABI VENUES SHUT DOWN DUE TO CORONAVIRUS
Just like Dubai, many places in Abu Dabi were also closed to limit the spread of coronavirus in the UAE. Here’s a look at the list of places closed in Abu Dhabi.
PUBLIC PLACES CLOSED IN ABU DHABI
All cinemas and public beaches in the emirate of Abu Dhabi will be closed, until the end of the month.
Earlier, public parks in Abu Dhabi were also shut down temporarily, but have now been reopened to the public as of 15 March 2020. Some privately-managed parks like the Umm Al Emarat Park in the Al Mushrif area are choosing to remain closed to safeguard the health of their visitors and employees.
Parks in Al Ain have also been shut down as per the directives of the Al Ain City Municipality.
TOURIST ATTRACTIONS CLOSED IN ABU DHABI
The major tourist attractions in Abu Dhabi that are temporarily shut down due to coronavirus include the Louvre Abu Dhabi, Qasr Al Watan, Manarat Al Saadiyat, Qasr Al Hosn, and Abu Dhabi Cultural Foundation.
Theme parks in Abu Dhabi including Ferrari World, Yas Waterworld, Warner Bros. World and CLYMB Abu Dhabi are also part of the list places shut down in Abu Dhabi due to COVID-19. The Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque was also been closed for sterilisation and disinfection purposes.
In Al Ain city, the Al Ain Palace Museum, Al Ain Oasis, Qasr Al Muwaiji and Al Ain Zoo are some of the Abu Dhabi tourist attractions shut down due to COVID-19.
RECREATIONAL FACILITIES CLOSED IN DUBAI
To restrict further cases of the new coronavirus, shisha cafes in Abu Dhabi have been banned from serving shisha in their premises. All bars and nightclubs in Abu Dhabi were also closed with immediate effect until the end of March.
At the moment, no official statement has been issued on the closure of massage centres, spas, salons in Abu Dhabi. Malls in Abu Dhabi are also currently open to the public.
Along with closing down venues, the Abu Dhabi Government had issued a 16-point initiative to help limit the financial consequences felt by the impact of coronavirus in the UAE. One of the main directives includes suspension of all charges for the toll gates in Abu Dhabi until the end of the year.
OTHER UAE VENUES CLOSED DUE TO COVID-19
In line with Dubai and Abu Dhabi, all the other emirates are also following suit in closing down venues to limit the spread of the virus.
Sharjah: The Sharjah Municipality has confirmed the closure numerous of parks in the emirate until further notice. The some of the places closed in Sharjah include the Sharjah National Park, Al Mahatta Park, Abu Shagarah Park, Al Fayha 1&2 Parks, Al Nahda Park, Al Mamzar Park, Al Safiya Park, Al Nasiriyah Park, Al Manakh Park, Al Nad Park, and the Green Belt Ladies Park and Al Fisht Park.
Ajman: Entertainment destinations in Ajman will also be shut to limit the spread of the coronavirus infection. This directive is extended to gaming centres and cinemas and in Ajman, too.
Fujairah: The Fujairah Municipality announced the closure of parks, public beaches and entertainment venues such as cinemas, electronic gaming halls and wedding halls, until further notice.
Ras Al Khaimah (RAK) will also be following the ban on shisha in the UAE, as well as closing down cinemas and suspending prayer services at the mosques. The same is being practised in Umm Al Quwain (UAQ) who in addition is suspending all dine-in serviced for all restaurants in the emirate. Residents of UAQ will need to opt for takeaways and home deliveries until then.
That was the complete list of all the places shut down in Dubai, Abu Dhabi and the rest of the UAE, due to coronavirus. The situation is still developing and we’re going to update this post whenever new announcements are made. However, we recommend that you contact the venues directly before planning a visit.
The UAE government is taking active steps to control the spread of coronavirus in the UAE. Some of the measures they have taken include issuing travel restrictions in the UAE and suspending UAE visas to all foreigners.
It’s our duty to be responsible citizens during the coronavirus pandemic in the UAE. So we advise everyone to practice good hygiene habits and avoid public gatherings as much as possible.
Stay safe UAE!