Dubai authorities shut down nine shisha cafes which reportedly violated new regulations banning the smoking of shisha at cafes in order to prevent the spread of coronavirus, according to a statement from the Dubai Media Office.
"To ensure the health and safety of the community, Dubai Economy, in cooperation with the Dubai Municipality, closed 9 cafes that violated the instructions to prevent hookah, as part of the precautionary measures," said Dubai Media Office in a tweet.
The UAE banned cafes and restaurants in the countryfrom serving shishaas a precaution against the spread of coronavirus, also known as COVID-19, on Thursday.
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Dubai shuts down to prevent coronavirus
The move is one of many recent measures passed in the UAE aimed at halting the spread of the virus, which had killed more than 7,100 people worldwide as of Tuesday.
On Monday, the Dubai Department of Tourism and Commerce Marketing directed all tour operators to immediately suspend tour services and activities related tosea cruises, floating restaurants, and desert camps and safaris.
Dubai’s authorities had earlier on Monday notified all hotels toclose all bars, pubs, and loungesuntil the end of the month.
On Sunday, all fitness andbodybuilding gyms, electronic gaming centers, and spring camps were closed.
On Saturday, Dubai suspended alltheme parks, entertainment and wedding destinations, including night clubs, cinemas and concerts, from operation until the end of the month.
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