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UAQ to Close Down Bars and Nightclubs from May 1

Mohsen Rashid / 22 April 2009

UMM AL QUWAIN — Umm Al Quwain has decided to close down all bars and nightclubs in the emirate from May 1.

More than 25 nightclubs, which serve liquor and entertain guests with live music and dance performances, will be shut down across the emirate.

Colonel Sultan Al Shweikh, Director-General of the emirate’s police, and a number of police officers, met with managers of hotels and nightclubs to inform the latter about the orderon Tuesday.

Colonel Sultan Al Shweikh asked the hotel managers to sign a copy of the order and commit themselves that they would not flout the directive, issued on the instructions of the leadership.

Those who flout the order would face stringent legal action, he said.

Dance performances, loud music and DJs have been banned. But companies and people in groups can hold lunch and dinner parties with prior permission, provided that no music is played. Such gatherings must, however, split by 12 midnight.

Colonel Sultan Al Shweikh reminded the managers about the regulations laid down by the Economic Department for hotels about receiving and accommodating guests. Rooms, he clarified, are only reserved for families.

If a man is accompanied by a woman, they should produce a document to prove their legal relationship.


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