Organisers of major sporting events and hotels in the UAE say their business will go as usual despite foreign diplomatic missions’ alerts to their citizens after the terrorist attacks and bombings in France, Egypt and Lebanon.
The US and French missions had sent consular messages warning their citizens to remain vigilant, especially during public events that attract large crowds.
The US Embassy in Abu Dhabi, in a statement posted on its website and Facebook page, also warned Americans against attending high-profile sporting events and celebrations.
The advisory warnings come at a time when Abu Dhabi gears up for the final race of the 2015 F1 season (November 27 to 29), while Dubai prepares for Emirates Airline Dubai Rugby Sevens (December 3 to 5) and the UAE gets ready for the Martyrs’ Day and its 44th National Day celebrations (November 30 to December 4).
2015 Formula One Abu Dhabi Grand Prix
Officials from Yas Marina Circuit, the organisers of the emirate’s Grand Prix, did not return calls and emails asking if the alert will have any impact on the racing event.
However, a Yas Viceroy spokesperson told AMEinfo, “We take security during the Formula One seriously every year and this year is no exception. We are guided by the local authorities, who we work very closely with each year, and will be following all the usual security protocols.”
When asked if they thought this would affect business, the spokesperson explained that “the hotel is fully booked over the weekend and we don’t envisage this alert affecting business”.
Emirates Airline Dubai Rugby Sevens
Donal Kilalea, tournament manager for Dubai Rugby Sevens told Kippreport, sister publication of AMEinfo, “We work very closely with the authorities; we have always done so. The authorities are very proactive and the tournament works very closely with them for months.”
But when asked if he thought this would affect ticket sales and overall business, Kilalea explained that he hopes it won’t and that “the Emirates Airline Dubai Rugby Sevens has always been very careful about what we do. We work very closely with the authorities and Dubai is a safe place; we wouldn’t think this would affect it.”