Concerts, Sports Events in UAE Canceled, Postponed due to Coronavirus

Major concerts and events within the United Arab Emirates are postponed or canceled due to the spread of coronavirus within the Gulf.

There are more than 1,640 cases of the virus within the Gulf region, mostly in Iran with 66 people having died. Many cases have been reported in other Middle East nations, too.

Both the K-pop concert Music Bank on March 21 at Dubai’s 17,000-capacity Coca Cola Arena and the electronic music Ultra festival on March 5-6 at Abu Dhabi’s 25,000-capacity Du arena  are canceled.

Organizers of Ultra, where DJ Afrojack and electronic group Major Lazer were to perform, cited travel restrictions imposed by some countries due to the worldwide spreading of coronavirus.

Organizers of the K-pop concert, the national broadcaster KBS and crowdfunding platform Makestar of South Korea, said Music Bank was canceled due to the spread of Covid-19 in South Korea and other countries.

The UAE, with 21 cases having been reported, regularly hosts major concerts, conferences, sports events, and a big draw-card for foreign visitors.

A politician said on Tuesday that the UAE financial institution will reassess its forecast for the economic process in 2020 because of the coronavirus outbreak.

A women’s forum and yoga festival in Abu Dhabi and a carnival in Dubai for the Hindu holi festival, beat March, have also been canceled or rescheduled.

In addition, rapper and producer Russ from America also said his March 27 concert in Dubai has been rescheduled in November due to the covid-19.

Dubai has replaced its March boat show to November and Abu Dhabi also postponed the ITU World Triathlon event this month, after having earlier canceled a cycling event when two riders were diagnosed with the virus.

Elsewhere within the Gulf, Bahrain has postponed two oil and gas conferences and Qatar has canceled a defense exhibition that had been scheduled for this month.