Abu Dhabi Closes Cultural Sites; UAE Suspends Issuing Visas

Louvre Abu Dhabi

In line with precautionary measures to ensure the health and safety of visitors, the Department of Culture and Tourism – Abu Dhabi (DCT Abu Dhabi) has decided to close select cultural sites in the emirate temporary starting from Tuesday, March 31, 2020.

Closed cultural sites include; Louvre Abu Dhabi, Manarat Al Saadiyat, Qasr Al Hosn, Culture Foundation, Al Ain Palace Museum, Al Ain Oasis, Al Jahili Fort and Qasr Al Muwaiji.

“The safety and well-being of our visitors and staff is of paramount importance to us,” DCT Abu Dhabi said in a statement. “We will update you once the cultural sites resume normal operations.”

Other cultural centers, including; Bait Al Oud, Berklee Abu Dhabi, and Al Qatara Art Center will continue working as usual offering art classes, with restrictions according to health and safety measures.

Effective March 17, the United Arab Emirates has suspended issuing visas, Etihad Airways reports. This does not apply to those holding visas issued prior to 17 March, or to those eligible for visa on arrival or holders of diplomatic passports.

Additionally, Abu Dhabi International Airport (AUH) closed one of its three terminals on Monday. In a tweet, the airport wrote, “As part of our continuous efforts to provide exceptional service to our airline partners and passengers, we are announcing the closure of Terminal 2 and migrating all existing flights to Terminal 1 at AUH.” The airport serves and as the home to Etihad Airways, which operates from Terminal 3.

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