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As the coronavirus continues to spread all over the world, Event Organisers have been obliged to put measures in place to prevent the spread of the virus. 

Flight routes have been suspended and borders have been closed in various parts of the world and with this an increasing number of major events expecting high attendance have had to be cancelled or postponed.

Here in the UAE, it’s been no different. Here are some of the public entertainment events in and around the UAE that have been affected:

Ultra Festival, Abu Dhabi

So many were looking forward to Ultra, which was due to take place in Abu Dhabi’s Du Arena this past weekend. But sadly it was cancelled. The event was highly anticipated with huge numbers of people expected as it was the first Ultra event set to take place in the Middle East.

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Music Bank Concert

Dubai’s Music Bank concert, where a popular K-pop band was due to perform, has also been cancelled.

The event was all ready to take place at the Coca Cola Arena.

Art Dubai Fair

Dubai’s flagship art fair Art Dubai was also originally set for the 25th to 28th March.

It has however been pushed back to an unspecified time.

Organisers have however planned a smaller fair for local and regional artists during the same dates. Exhibitions and talks will run, focusing on the local cultural community instead. 

DJ Mag conference

Following the news from the Department of Health that Abu Dhabi is to place the W Abu Dhabi – Yas Island on temporary lockdown, the DJMag Conference was also cancelled.

The conference was due to take place on Tuesday 3rd and Wednesday 4th March 2020.


AKS Color Festival 2020

On Friday 6th March, Rugby Park in Dubai Sports City was set to host one of the biggest Holi fest. However, organisers of the event have now called off the colorful carnival, in safety of the residents.

If you bought a ticket, you can get your refund through

American Rapper Russ

Fans of America rapper, Russ, were waiting to move to the tunes at Dubai’s Coca Cola Arena on Friday 27th March.

The concert has been postponed to 27th  November.

You will get a full refund for your ticket at the point of purchase in case you cant attend the event on the new date.

Club Social

Club Social was scheduled from 12th – 14th March at Abu Dhabi’s Yas Island but has now been called off.

Club Social had an epic line up of artists including Liam Gallagher, Kaiser Chiefs and Clean Bandit.

What a pity about all of these events!

If you need to get out, check out our list of gigs happening in Dubai this week that are still going ahead.