Expat Life in Dubai

No New Year’s Party in Dubai

December 31, 2008

Dubai ruler Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum has ordered the cancellation of all forms of celebrations to mark the new year in Dubai.According to Sheikh Mohammed’s order, Dubai will mark the New Year with a “sombre tone” as a token of solidarity with the Palestinian people in general and Gaza Strip in particular which is currently under the barrage of Israeli’s military fire, news agency WAM reported on Wednesday.

It is unclear what impact the ruling will have on the emirate’s hotel industry which has dozens of New Year parties planned including one at the Atlantis Hotel where it has been rumoured the guest list includes footballer David Beckham and movie star Tom Cruise.

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