People are seen at the Dubai Ice Rink in The Dubai Mall in Dubai. Reuters
Dubai, the regional tourism and business hub, shuttered cinemas, arcades and gyms over the fear of coronavirus spread in the country.
Dubai's large Global Village shopping and entertainment market, which runs from November to March each year, said it was closing early. The UAE capital Abu Dhabi shut down public beaches and parks.
The Abu Dhabi Securities Exchange said on Sunday it was closing all its trading halls until further notice, a day after Kuwait's bourse said it would do the same.
The Department of Economic Development (DED) directed all cinemas, theme parks, amusement games and electronic game centres, bodybuilding and fitness gyms and spring camps licensed in Dubai to halt activities and services until the end of the month.
Dubai Municipality said it was temporarily closing all public parks and entertainment venues in line with precautionary measures to safeguard public health, starting on March 15, 2020 until further notice.
Dubai Culture and Arts Authority announced the temporary closure of museums, historical sites and public libraries in Dubai with immediate effect, from Sunday, till the end of the month.
Global Village announced the early closure of its 2019-2020 season with immediate effect.
The Dubai Department of Tourism and Commerce Marketing (DTCM) directed that all events in #Dubai should be suspended from Sunday till the end of the month.
The DTCM also directed all entertainment destinations to suspend operations and all hospitality establishments and wedding halls to suspend wedding events or celebrations from Sunday 15 March 2020 till the end of the month. Inspections will be carried out to verify compliance with this circular.
The ministry also announced that the total number of recovered cases of COVID-19 has reached 680 with 92 cases fully recovered.
Ministry expressed its sincere condolences to the families of an Arab and an Asian expats who tested positive for COVID-19 and died due to complications. This brings total death toll to 14.
Restaurants and cafes will be allowed to operate for the same period at 20% of capacity, and as long as customers are at least two metres apart, and for delivery services, subject to review.
Millions of Indians turned out to cast ballots in a state election on Wednesday in the world’s biggest vote since the coronavirus emerged, with booths packed out and many ignoring government advice on wearing masks and social distancing.
Top Turkish officials condemned a caricature scorning President Tayyip Erdogan in the French satirical weekly Charlie Hebdo on Wednesday, calling it a “disgusting effort” to “spread its cultural racism and hatred.”
Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum and Sheikh Mohamed Bin Zayed Al Nahyan expressed appreciation to this initiative of hosting a simple ceremony, given the current circumstances of COVID-19 pandemic.