Anxiety over the spread of the coronavirus has already disrupted nurseries, schools and travel. While some events in the UAE have been already cancelled or postponed, some of the most anticipated ones for this season are still on track.
Many horseracing enthusiasts are questioning whenever the Dubai World Cup scheduled for March 28 is still taking place, especially after the prep race that was held at the Meydan Racecourse on March 7 was held without racegoers.
In fact, the Emirates Racing Authority (ERA) issued a statement saying that all racing action across four different racecourses over the past weekend have been closed-door affairs.
"Though without spectators, all races will be contested and regulated in a standard fashion and results will be recorded in an official capacity. The horse connections, sponsors and media personnel will only be allowed to attend the races," the ERA added.
So it looks like attendance will be for people directly involved only, and will likely still be televised.
In regards to public events, World Health Organization (WHO) is recommending the cancellation or postponement of nonessential indoor gatherings of more than 100 people to prevent the spread of coronavirus.
So far those are some of the major events being cancelled or postponed in the UAE:
- Electronic music Ultra festival at Abu Dhabi's 25,000-capacity Du arena and K-pop concert Music Bank at Dubai's 17,000-capacity Coca Cola Arena have been cancelled
- Dubai's flagship international art fair "Art Dubai", scheduled for this month, has been postponed
- The 28th edition of the Dubai International Boat Show, which was meant to take place next week (Tuesday March 10 until Saturday March 14) at the swish Dubai Harbour in Dubai Marina, has been postponed until later this year.
- The annual food festival "Taste of Dubai" was due to take place from Thursday March 12 to Saturday March 14, but has now been postponed until December 9 to 12.
- Dubai’s annual SIKKA Arts Festival has been postponed to coincide with Expo Dubai 2020, as announced by the Dubai Culture and Arts Authority.