Dubai ruler cancels New Year galas

31 December 2008

Dubai ruler Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum has ordered the cancellation of all New Year celebrations in Dubai. According to a statement issued last night, Sheikh Mohammed said Dubai will mark the New Year with a sombre tone as a token of solidarity with the Palestinian people in general and Gaza Strip in particular which is currently under military attack from Israel. It is unclear what impact the ruling will have on planned parties in hotels and restaurants in the emirate.

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