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Dubai cancels new year celebrations

world Updated: Dec 31, 2008 14:55 IST

Dubai ruler has cancelled all forms of new year celebrations in the emirate expressing solidarity with the Palestinian people, who are facing devastating Gaza airstrikes.

The cancellation orders from the office of Shaikh Mohammad Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, the ruler of Dubai and the Prime Minister of the UAE, were announced by WAM, the official news agency of the Emirates.

Authorities here have been directed to put this order in place and take necessary steps to circulate the same to all concerned parties, a WAM statement said.

Besides lavish parties in hotels and cruises, Dubai's skies light up on the occasion with expensive firecrackers every year.

The time is also lucrative for the tourist frendly city and the cancellation would mean a loss to the businesses, which are already battling a downturn.