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Abu Dhabi orders tour operators to halt services in new tourism blow

Special teams of inspectors will ensure the ban on activities for all sea cruises, desert camps, safaris is being enforced

DCT- Abu Dhabi has instructed all tour operators to immediately suspend services and activities for all sea cruises, desert camps, safaris and floating restaurants.

Abu Dhabi on Thursday ordered the suspension of all tourism tour activities in the emirate in the latest coronavirus-related blow to the industry.

In line with recommended preventative measures for Covid-19, the Department of Culture and Tourism – Abu Dhabi (DCT- Abu Dhabi) has instructed all tour operators to immediately suspend services and activities for all sea cruises, desert camps, safaris and floating restaurants.

“The suspension of activities and services comes into force with immediate effect and will be in place until further notice,” said a statement from the DCT Abu Dhabi.

It added that special teams of inspectors will ensure the ban is being enforced to guarantee the health and safety of all residents, visitors and employees.

“All operators are expected to comply with the ban, with penalties to be issued to any entities not adhering to the new rule,” said the statement, which was carried by state news agency WAM.

Previously, DCT Abu Dhabi announced the closure of cultural sites including 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.

Qasr Al Watan Tour, Warner Bros World Abu Dhabi, Yas Waterworld Abu Dhabi and Ferrari World Abu Dhabi were also be affected by the closure order which was effective from last Sunday.

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