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US missions urge American expats in UAE to remain vigilant

Consular message advises to exercise caution at public places

US diplomatic missions in Dubai and Abu Dhabi have advised American citizens in the UAE to remain vigilant following the terrorist attacks and bombings in France, Egypt and Lebanon.

On November 22, US expats received a consular message from the missions in the Emirates asking them to maintain a high level of vigilance to ensure their security as they go about their daily lives. It also advised them to avoid “events that draw large crowds, such as high-profile sporting events and celebrations” as they “may pose additional risks”.

The advisory warning the Americans against attending high-profile sporting events comes at a time when Abu Dhabi is gearing up for the final race of the 2015 F1 season.

The UAE’s Martyrs’ Day and 44th National Day are also due in less than two weeks.

The Formula 1 Etihad Airways Abu Dhabi Grand Prix will take place on November 27, 28 and 29 at Yas Island.

Meanwhile, officials from Yas Marina Circuit, the organisers of the emirate’s Grand Prix, announced two days ago that there are fewer than ten per cent of tickets remaining for the 2015 Formula One Etihad Airways Abu Dhabi Grand Prix.

They did not return calls and emails asking if the alert will have any impact on the racing event.

The message, also posted on the Facebook pages of the US Embassy in Abu Dhabi and Consulate General in Dubai, further warns expatriates against going to “hotels, clubs, restaurants, places of worship, schools, public areas, shopping malls and other tourist destinations where people gather in large numbers” because these “also may be at risk”.

Canadian and French expatriates also earlier received similar alerts from their missions, warning them to be vigilant.