Dubai Tourism has temporarily suspended all the live entertainment activities in hotels and restaurants due to rise in coronavirus cases in the UAE.

The latest move comes after Covid-19 cases surged to a record of 3,506 new cases from 162,945 tests.

The rise in figures takes the total number of recorded Covid-19 cases in the country to 263,729.

In a circular to the hospitality industry, Dubai Government’s Department of Tourism and Commerce Marketing (DCTM) ordered the venues to suspend band music, dances, live entertainment performances in hotels and restaurants.

Dubai’s media office tweeted: “During the last three weeks, Dubai Tourism have issued more than 200 violations of noncompliance with guidelines and closed down around 20 establishments.

“To ensure public health and safety, all entertainment permits issued will be on hold effective immediately. Dubai Tourism will continue to evaluate the progress with the health authorities.”

The hospitality industry has agreed to support the government’s move to suspend the entertainment activities.

Last week, Switzerland-based Revier Hospitality Group debuted in the prime location of the Burj Khalifa district, the heart of Dubai.

The Revier hotel offers travellers a meeting point as well as a city retreat, along with a Swiss cow welcome, in addition to ultramodern amenities such as contactless check-in, keyless room entry, fast Wi-Fi and Instagram-able spots.