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COVID-19: Dubai suspends tour services for sea cruises, desert camps


Dubai’s Department of Tourism and Commerce Marketing has directed all tour operators to suspend tour services and activities related to sea cruises, desert camps and safari tours, and floating restaurants with immediate effect on Monday Mar 16.

The authority said the suspension will last until the end of March, in a move to mitigate the spread of COVID-19.

In line with ongoing efforts to safeguard public health, the DTCM directs all Tour Operators to suspend tour services and activities related to sea cruises, desert camps&tours (safaris),&floating restaurants with immediate effect from today Monday (16 March) till the end of March pic.twitter.com/Oh72HiRZ4Q

— Dubai Media Office (@DXBMediaOffice) March 16, 2020

This latest move as part of precautionary measures to safeguard public health comes after authorities also called for delays of wedding receptions, and to refrain from holding parties and wedding celebrations at home.

As part of precautionary measures to safeguard the health of the community, #Dubai’s Supreme Committee for Crisis & Disaster Management calls on the public to refrain from holding parties & wedding celebrations at home with immediate effect, until the end of the month. pic.twitter.com/lIjasLFBoe

— Dubai Media Office (@DXBMediaOffice) March 16, 2020

At the federal level, the National Emergency Crisis and Disaster Management Authority and the General Authority of Islamic Affairs and Endowments suspended prayers in all places of worship from Mar 16, for four weeks.

UAE has implemented a range of preventive and precautionary measures in its bid to limit the spread of COVID-19 since the World Health Organisation declared it a pandemic on Mar 11.

UAE registered 12 new COVID-19 cases on Sunday (Mar 15), taking the total tally to 98.

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