Hotels and restaurants in Dubai were not badly affected by the last minute cancellation of New Year's Eve celebrations.
Rather than cancel events, celebrations were instead moved indoors and music was muted following orders from Dubai's Ruler, Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, to adopt a more sober tone as a token of solidarity for those in Palestine.
Alexandra Bedirizi, marketing manager for Dubai Marine Resort, where prices started at Dhs1500 for the resort’s “Solid Gold Party”, said the hotel’s scheduled fireworks display was cancelled but the party continued as planned.
Celebrations at one of Dubai’s most popular bars, Barasti at Le Meridien Mina Seyahi also continued as planned. But fireworks were cancelled and the music was turned down.
The firework display at Atlantis, designed by Grucci, the American firm responsible for the hotel’s opening party fireworks in November, were also cancelled while the party continued as planned, said a spokesperson.