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Abu Dhabi closes Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque, Louvre, Ferrari World, other tourist sites

Abu Dhabi closes Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque, Louvre, Ferrari World, other tourist sites

The closures will extend from March 15-31, though visitors have been asked to check the individual websites before planning their visits

On Saturday, the Abu Dhabi government tweeted that it had decided to close a few major tourist attractions including theme parks and cultural destinations within the capital emirate as a precautionary measure to prevent the spread of coronavirus within the country.

The closures would extend from March 15-31.

The statement made via Twitter read: “Temporary closure includes Louvre Abu Dhabi, Qasr Al Watan, Manarat Saadiyat, Qasr Al Hosn, Abu Dhabi Cultural Foundation, Al Ain Palace Museum, Al Ain Oasis, Al Jahili Fort, Qasr Al Muwaiji, Warner Brothers World, Yas Waterworld, Ferrari World and Clymb.”

It added that advisory notices would be updated regularly by individual visitor destinations across the emirate and that the public was advised to check with each site directly for the latest information regarding closures.

A separate statement on the website of the Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque Centre on Saturday read: “The Centre would like to announce that the mosque will be temporarily closed for prayers and visits, starting from Sunday 15 March 2020, in order to carry out the disinfection operation of the mosque and its facilities to ensure the well-being and safety of Emiratis, residents and visitors.”

Read: Coronavirus: GCC reports over 800 cases, 11% recoveries

On Saturday, the Ministry of Health and Prevention in the UAE confirmed that an Indian national tested positive for Covid-19 and was the latest confirmed case of the strain in the country, bringing the tally to 86.

The total number of recovered cases in the country now stands at 23.


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