Dubai closes all bars and clubs days after celebs mocked UK travel ban

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Dubai's wave of UK influencers and Z-listers who jetted out to the UAE to avoid the pandemic will be heartbroken to find out that all bars and clubs are to shut this February.

It comes after the city in the Middle East saw a spike in coronavirus cases only a matter of days after travel from the United Arab Emirates to the UK was banned.

Last week, the UK Government added the UAE to a "red list" of countries, where travel to the UK isn't prevented, meaning all direct flights from Dubai to Britain were suspended.

This is in a bid to stop the new South African variant of Covid from further spreading here in the UK, and Downing Street made it clear that those having fun in the sun in Dubai should come home ASAP and self-isolate before the ban set in.

Many of those out in Dubai ignored the PM's requests, mocking the UK lockdown and continuing with their partying.

One posted online about the news of the UK's travel ban that means they can no longer fly home, saying: "Oh what a shame."

The social media stars have faced severe backlash for their nonchalant attitudes to the pandemic, with Absolutely Ascot star Henry Simmons, 21, gloating about his incredible holiday to his 108K followers before sharing an article from The Sun about influencers being stranded, captioning it "Oh what a shame!"

And Simmons wasn't the only one, OnlyFans creator Honey Evans told her 25K followers that she isn't bothered by the fact she's stranded in the Dubai sun.

She told Twitter: "Flights from Dubai to the UK are banned. Guess I have no choice but to stay out here. Shame."

However, the partying will be put to a halt as Dubai officials have finally deciding to clamp down on restrictions, making the lives of those who are 'influencing' under the desert sun a lot less exciting.

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A spokesman for the Dubai Media Office blamed "a marked increase in the number of violations of precautionary measures" for the shutdown of its bars and clubs, adding that New Year's Eve also played a huge part in the spike of COVID-19 cases.

The spokesman said: "The measures seek to further enhance efforts to combat Covid-19, and protect the health and safety of all citizens, residents and visitors."

Despite the restrictions, restaurants in Dubai will remain open and influencers will still be allowed to chill out around by the pool.

For some stars, this isn't a problem as they're looking into flying to another country which hasn't been bound with restrictions, such as the Maldives.

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Absolutely Ascot star and influencer Mia Sully, 20, asked her 171K Instagram fans for resort recommendations on the small south-Asian island, which has also played home to a number of British stars over the course of the pandemic.

Since November 2020, when UK Covid restrictions started tightening up after what felt like a 'normal' summer, influencers have flocked out to Dubai for what started out as short holidays but with many staying out in the luxe city for months due to its lax approach to the virus.

The city has seen a quadrupling of cases and is facing questions after endless partygoers were pictured without masks in bars and on yachts on New Year’s Eve.

An expatriate doctor told the Financial Times: "The New Year shenanigans in Dubai were an obvious superspreader event.

"After that, cases have gone up quickly and we have the new variant too."

On January 29 officials from the Foreign Office signed off adverts which are intended to "remind people that travelling abroad is against the law".

One, which features flip flops, warns: "Going on holiday is currently illegal. Stay at home. Save Lives."

  • Dubai
  • Lockdown
  • Coronavirus

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