The Federal Transport Authority of the United Arab Emirates has decided to suspend all cruise operations at the country’s ports as part of precautionary measures to prevent the spreading of coronavirus.
The number of coronavirus cases in the United Arab Emirates has risen to 45 from 30, and the region reported a new surge in coronavirus infections over the weekend.
Coronavirus has hit both passengers and crew on a number of cruise ships including Diamond Princess, Grand Princess and World Dream.
Late last month, the UAE suspended ferry services to and from Iran. The country has also advised citizens and residents against travelling abroad and all schools are closing for a month from Sunday. Events across the country have also been cancelled or postponed.