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Theme parks close temporarily in Dubai and Abu Dhabi

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Dubai has closed all theme parks, cinemas, public parks, museums and gyms for the rest of the month in order to contain the spread of COVID-19. Abu Dhabi is also closing attractions, including theme parks on Yas Island.

Dubai Parks and Resorts has closed Motiongate Dubai, Legoland Dubai, Legoland Waterpark Dubai and Bollywood Parks Dubai until the end of March.

The Department of Tourism and Commerce Marketing (DTCM) has released various statements via Dubai Media Office on Twitter.

DTCM states that all events in Dubai should be suspended until the end of the month, while all cinemas, theme parks, amusement parks, gyms and spring camps are suspended.

Dubai Parks and Resorts closed through March 2020

In addition, Global Village has announced the early closure of its current season, and Dubai Culture and Arts Authority announced the temporary closure of museums, libraries and historical sites.

Attractions are also temporarily closing in Abu Dhabi, including the Louvre Abu Dhabi, Qasr Al Watan, Manarat Al Saadiyat, Qasr Al Hosn, and Abu Dhabi Cultural Foundation.

Yas Island’s four theme parks – Warner Bros. World Abu Dhabi, Yas WaterWorld, Ferrari World Abu Dhabi and CLYMB Abu Dhabi – are also shut.

Cultural sites temporarily closed in Abu Dhabi

In a statement, the Department of Culture and Tourism said: “In line with precautionary measures to ensure the health and safety of visitors, the DCT Abu Dhabi decided to close cultural sites in the emirate temporary starting from today until 31 March 2020.”

“The safety and wellbeing of our visitors and staff is important to us. We’ll update you once the sites resume operations.”

Universal Studios Hollywood and Universal Orlando Resort have closed over COVID-19. Six Flags and SeaWorld have also announced the temporary closure of parks.

Disneyland, Walt Disney World and Disneyland Paris have also closed over the virus outbreak. Disney previously shut down theme parks in Tokyo, Hong Kong and Shanghai.

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Bea Mitchell

Bea is a journalist specialising in entertainment, attractions and tech with 10 years' experience. She has written and edited for publications including CNET, BuzzFeed, Digital Spy, Evening Standard and BBC. Bea graduated from King's College London and has an MA in journalism.

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