Dubai – The UAE’s government has banned all foreign hotels from its capital city Dubai from opening on Saturday.
Dubai has been rocked by a string of attacks on hotels in recent months, including a suicide bombing in the capital in March and an assault on a hotel in November that killed 39 people.
On Friday, authorities ordered all foreign operators to stop operating in the city, which is home to the world’s largest oil refinery.
In a statement, Dubai Municipality said it would temporarily ban all foreign businesses from the city.
“We have taken this decision because we have found that it is a cause for concern, and not in the interest of public safety,” the statement said.
“We are also concerned that foreign business will be hindered in the coming days, especially in the financial and tourism sectors.”
The government has also imposed travel restrictions on Emirati citizens, citing security concerns.
In the past, the city has been a safe haven for the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL, also known as ISIS) group, and a major transit point for terrorists.