‘Dubai entertainment ban may affect business but it’s the right move’


UAE - Hotel and restaurant managers have welcomed the Dubai authorities’ decision to suspend live entertainment, saying that although it may affect footfall, “it is for the greater good”.Dubai’s Department of Tourism and Commerce Marketing (DTCM) on Thursday issued a circular that put all entertainment activities — like live DJ, live band, live dancing and quiz nights — on hold until further notice.The authority has been working hard to ensure that all stakeholders in the tourism sector comply with precautionary measures. “The department directs all concerned, in hotel establishments and restaurants, to temporarily hold entertainment activities as of Thursday, January 21, 2021, until further notice,” DTCM had said in its circular.Ninad Mate, bar manager at one of the popular hotel franchises in Dubai, said that while there might be a reduction in patrons, suspending live entertainment was the right decision.“It will affect business but with the cases increasing, it is better to put entertainment on hold, maybe until people...read more...