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Abu Dhabi’s Museums and Cultural Sites Will Soon Reopen to the Public

Louvre Abu Dhabi

Louvre Abu Dhabi. Photo: Shutterstock

After closing their doors in March on account of the evolving coronavirus situation, museums in Abu Dhabi will soon reopen to visitors following an announcement by the city’s Department of Culture and Tourism. While attendance will be capped at 40 percent and a plethora of safety measures will be implemented, the reopening is an attempt to help the nation “come together and heal,” according to Saood Al Hosani, acting undersecretary of DCT Abu Dhabi.

As part of their new look, museums across the city will introduce glass partitions, remove touch screens, and use signage across floors to demarcate a distance of two meters between visitors. In addition to having their premises routinely sterilized, other measures will include using digital instead of printed guides, in a bid to prohibit the spread of germs, and ensuring guests have their temperature checked before entering the premises. All workshops and classes will remain suspended until further notice, and visitors will be asked to limit their stay to no more than three hours. To ensure that the strict hygiene requirements outlined by the DCT are upheld and adhered to, inspectors from the department will be sent to venues in advance of their opening.

Speaking to the challenges of reopening arts and culture hubs in the midst of a city recovering from the pandemic, Al Hosani says “strict measures will be implemented at all our cultural sites and museums which will ensure that visitors will have a high degree of confidence that their health and safety will be of paramount importance when they visit, which means they can enjoy the sites with an enhanced peace of mind.”

While pursuits in the arts may not be suitable to everyone, those seeking adrenaline need not worry. Announcing their highly-anticipated reopening, Yas Marina Circuit will welcome back visitors from June 19. From karting at Yas Kartzone to OpenYAS track days, the Yas Marina Circuit will have something in store for everyone.

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