Hotels, charities rein in live events amid UAE-wide mourning

Mina Seyahi complex in Dubai cancels all live entertainment for the next seven days
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By Claire Ferris-Lay
Wed 27 Oct 2010 01:54 PM

Hotels across the UAE have reined in their entertainment plans following the death of His Highness Sheikh Saqr Al Qasimi, the ruler of Ras Al Khaimah, on Wednesday.

The UAE has announced a seven-day mourning period, although a formal directive has yet to be issued from Dubai’s Department of Tourism and Commerce Marketing regarding live events.

The Mina Seyahi complex in Dubai, which includes The Westin and Le Meridien hotels, said it would be cancelling all live entertainment for the next seven days.

“It is with sadness that we mourn the late Sheikh Saqr bin Mohammad Al Qassimi. The Mina Seyahi complex has cancelled all live entertainment events for the duration of the mourning period,” said a spokesperson for the hotel.

The Fairmont and Hilton hotel chains both told Arabian Business they were awaiting confirmation from government officials before making any announcements.

Ras Al Khaimah-based Banyan Tree Al Wadi said there would be no live entertainment this weekend but the hotel would not be dry.

Al Hamra Fort Hotel and Beach Resort, also based in Ras Al Khaimah, said it would remain dry over the coming weekend.

The annual Burjuman Pink Walkathon in aid of breast cancer research, which was planned for October 29, has been postponed until November 5. Oktoberfest at Stills, which was scheduled to take place on October 27, has also been cancelled.

Abu Dhabi Music & Arts Foundation’s charity concert Salam Ya Quds, which was scheduled for October 28, has also been cancelled. Ticketholders who have purchased through TimeOutTickets.com can either receive a full refund or donate the cost of their ticket to the Palestinian children's charity, A Child A Promise.

Skyline University College has postponed its graduation ceremony until further notice, while a ceremony to honour the winners of the UAE Excellence Award for Government Performance has also been postponed.

Government ministries and institutions across the country will shut from Wednesday, the government said, and flags will be flown at half mast. At the time of writing, no directive had been issued to the private sector concerning schools or offices, and private businesses were continuing as usual.

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