After the death of His Highness The UAE 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, UAE has entered a state of mourning.
As part of the mourning, all UAE workplaces and schools will be temporarily closed for three consecutive till Tuesday, May 17. Moreover, all the restaurants, bars and hotels will pause playing live music, live events or hosting entertainment.
In Abu Dhabi, a notice was sent to all the establishments stating ‘all music and entertainment performances must be cancelled’. However, weddings are permitted but without 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.
Dubai Comedy Festival was among those to confirm its events had been postponed.
Furthermore, the Ministry of Presidential Affairs announced the start of official mourning for a period of 40 consecutive days, beginning Friday May 13, and the flags will fly at half-mast.