The launch ceremony planned for the Dubai Shopping Festival 2009 has been cancelled as a mark of solidarity to the people of Gaza.
But the sales will still go ahead. The announcement was made by Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al Maktoum, chairman of the Dubai Shopping Festival Office (DSFO) Supreme Committee.
It follows the directive by Dubai ruler Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, who cancelled all New Year's Eve outdoor celebrations in the emirate.
However Sheikh Ahmed added that all other DSF 2009 activities would go on as planned from January 15 to February 15.