The UAE has entered a period of mourning following the death of His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, the second President of the United Arab Emirates and 16th ruler of Abu Dhabi, who passed away at age 73 on Friday May 13.
As part of the period of mourning, UAE workplaces and schools will be closed for three days, reopening on Tuesday, May 17. Restaurants, bars and hotels will cease playing live music or hosting entertainment. Live events can also not go ahead.
In Abu Dhabi, a circular was sent to establishments telling them that all music and entertainment performances must be cancelled, as well as fireworks displays and celebrations. Weddings are permitted but with no music.
Theme parks, cultural attractions, tourism sites and theme parks are to remain open.
In Dubai, the Department of Economy and Tourism sent a notice to establishments telling them that all entertainment featuring music and dancing should be put on hold until Tuesday.
Source: The Caterer