x Abu Dhabi, UAEFriday 21 July 2017

Ferrari World opening postponed

Ferrari World will not open tonight while alternative arrangements have also been made for many other events.

ABU DHABI // Organisers of events across the Emirates were today making alternative arrangements as a mark of respect to the late Ruler of Ras al Khaimah.

Seven days of official mourning have been declared following the death of His Highness Sheikh Saqr bin Mohammed Al Qasimi this morning.

Ferrari World has called off tonight's launch and rescheduled the event to November 4.

The UAE Football League confirmed its on-going matches would proceed as planned. However, the UFL anthem will not be played and fans would be stopped from singing, chanting, drum-beating and playing music. A minutes’ silence will be observed as a mark of respect before the kick-off in all its games, said officials.

A rugby tournament, where Sheikh Mohammed bin Saeed is expected to play, will go ahead as planned at Zayed Sports City on Friday.

The Green Abu Dhabi art exhibition will remain open in the capital, but an community art auction scheduled for Saturday in Sharjah will be postponed until next month, said Suhail Jashanmal, the show’s curator. Funds raised at the auction were to go towards conservation efforts and the Emirates Wildlife Society.

When contacted, hotels in Abu Dhabi and Dubai said they were still drawing up or amending their plans for providing services pending an official announcement from the tourism authorities. 

Eyad Ali Abdul Rahman, the executive director, media relations and business development at Dubai Department of Tourism and Commerce Marketing, said a directive would be issued to hotels.

The BurJuman Pink Walkathon that was originally scheduled on Friday in Dubai was postponed until November 5 at 8am.

The Abu Dhabi Music and Arts Foundation has announced the cancellation of the charity concert Salam Ya Quds, scheduled for Thursday. Ticket-holders who have purchased through TimeOutTickets.com will be offered the options of either receiving a full refund or donating the cost of tickets to the charity A Child A Promise in aid of the children of Palestine.

People who purchased tickets from Emirates Palace are requested to visit the Salam Ya Quds ticket desk Thursday, between 3pm and 7pm.

Dubai Cares has postponed its live Arabic comedy show “Laugh with Wonho Chung” which was scheduled to take place on tomorrow.