Clamping down on dancing and drinking
Umm Al Quwain has just ordered all bars and nightclubs in the emirate to shut down by month-end. And all parties have to stop by midnight.
April 22, 2009 10:49 by Aarti Nagraj
Umm Al Quwain has decided to close down all bars and nightclubs in the emirate from May 1, reports Khaleej Times. More than 25 nightclubs, which serve liquor and entertain guests with live music and dance performances, will have to shut shop.
Colonel Sultan Al Shweikh, director-general of the emirate’s police has asked hotel managers to sign a copy of the order and has said that violators will face severe legal action.
However, the liquor store at Barracuda Beach Resort has clarified that they have not been asked to close down.
Dance performances, loud music and DJs have been banned, says the newspaper, adding that companies and groups of people can hold lunch and dinner parties with prior permission, provided no music is played. The parties however, have to end by midnight.
The strict regulations come on the footsteps of the Bahrain government ordering one- and two-star hotels in the country to close down their bars and discos. The Culture and Information Ministry has also banned them from selling alcohol and recruiting musicians from abroad, and has ordered them to halt all live entertainment.
The ban, effective from last Friday (April 17), may even be extended to three- and four-star hotels.
Hoteliers in the country have however been adversely affected by the ban and, according to Gulf Daily News, have asked for a one-year delay for its implementation. They have said that hundreds of staff could be laid off because of the new ban, and that they will also lose out on business brought in by the Bahrain Grand Prix, which is starting later this week.
The move by the Bahrain government comes after Islamist MPs demanded strict action against what they called “sinful activities” last month. In a list of the Top 10 Sin Cities, released by online magazine Ask Men in April last year, Manama came eighth.
But media reports argue that these kinds of strict regulations could reduce business and decrease tourism. Do you think that the rules are too tough, or are they justified?