By Bernd Debusmann Jr
A number of other UAE events have been cancelled or postponed
Electronic music festival Ultra Music Festival (UMF) and the upcoming Middle East Film and Comic Con are scheduled to go on even as other events in the region are cancelled because of the ongoing coronavirus epidemic.
The organisers of UMF – which is scheduled to take place in Abu Dhabi in March 5 and 6 – said the event has no plans to cancel or postpone, although they have announced that extra medical precautions will be in place at the event.
“Event organisers have been coordinating with the relevant authorities regarding public health issues and will continue to coordinate with and follow the recommendations and protocols relating to risk reduction and preventative measures,” a statement said, adding that handwashing and sanitary stations will be placed throughout the venue.
Similarly, the Middle East Film and Comic Con has no plans to scrap the event planned for March 5-7, although thermal cameras and hand sanitising stations have been put in place.
Other events, however, have been cancelled. Organisers for the DJ Mag Conference – which was positioned as being related to Ultra Abu Dhabi – was forced to cancel the event after its venue, the W Abu Dhabi Yas Island, went into temporary lockdown.
Similarly, an upcoming Yogafest scheduled to take place in Al Ain’s Jahili Park on March 5 and 6 has been postponed.
“Given the recent advice from the government against attending outdoor events to reduce potential exposure to the coronavirus it seemed the right decision to make – yet a very difficult one indeed,” a statement posted to Facebook read. “We will update you about any future events and thank you for all your incredible support.”