Ultra Abu Dhabi Cancelled Amidst Coronavirus Concerns

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The debut edition of Ultra Abu Dhabi has been cancelled as concerns about the Coronavirus outbreak continue to grow in the UAE.


The expansion of Ultra Worldwide into the Middle East has come to a halt today after the local organizers of the festival have officially cancelled the debut edition of Ultra Abu Dhabi. Originally slated to take place on March 5-6 at the largest open-air venue in the region, du Arena on Yas Island, it seems as if the growing concerns over the fast-spreading Coronavirus is the cause.

Festival organizers throughout the UAE have been closely monitoring the spread of the virus and a number of events have been cancelled or postponed. These include AKS Colour Carnival, DJ Mag Conference, Yogafest Al Ain, and even the Dubai International Boat Show. Now, Ultra Abu Dhabi has joined that list with an email that We Rave You received, stating that “The decision has been taken due to the travel restrictions imposed by some countries and airlines for individuals and groups.”

The news of the cancellation comes after initially stating that the show would still go on and updating their Health and Wellness information on their website last week. Today, they’ve updated their website again with a ticket notice stating that the show has been cancelled and refunds will be processed through the original point of purchase for all attendees.

Ultra Abu Dhabi Cancellation Notice

Ultra Abu Dhabi was set to be the first edition of Ultra in the Middle East, with a lineup that featured massive names in dance music like Afrojack, Major Lazer, Cirez D, Zedd, and plenty more.

Concerns from many still remain about the safety of those making their way to Miami for the upcoming edition of Ultra Music Festival this month. Ultra posted a similar message on their Health and Wellness page to make sure attendees are aware they’re working hand in hand with authorities. As of this posting, there have been no reported cases of Coronavirus in Miami.

Stay tuned for more details as they surface surrounding other cancellations due to the Coronavirus outbreak. We’ve reached out to Ultra for an official statement and will update this post accordingly.


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