US Consulate and Embassy closings extended: Abu Dhabi and Dubai included

Travel and tourism experts say it's concerning a threat against American interests as measured in the United Arab Emirates with the closure of the US Embassy in Abu Dhabi and the US Consulate in Dubai

US Consulate and Embassy closings extended: Abu Dhabi and Dubai included

Travel and tourism experts say it’s concerning a threat against American interests as measured in the United Arab Emirates with the closure of the US Embassy in Abu Dhabi and the US Consulate in Dubai.

The United States State department just released an extended closing of US Embassies and Consulates in Abu Dhabi, Amman, Cairo, Riyadh, Dhahran, Jeddah, Doha, Dubai, Kuwait, Manama, Muscat, Sanaa, Tripoli, Antanarivo, Bujumbura, Djibouti, Khartoum, Kigali, and Port Louis which are instructed to close for normal operations Monday, August 5, through Saturday, August 10.

Given that a number of US embassies and consulates were going to be closed in accordance with local custom and practice for the bulk of the week for the Eid celebration at the end of Ramadan, and out of an abundance of caution, it was decided to extend the closure of several embassies and consulates including a small number of additional posts.

This is not an indication of a new threat stream, merely an indication of the commitment to exercise caution and take appropriate steps to protect US employees including local employees and visitors to US facilities.

The following posts that are normally open on Sunday, but were closed on Sunday, August 4, are authorized to reopen for normal operations on August 5: Dhaka, Algiers, Nouakchott, Kabul, Herat, Mazar el Sharif, Baghdad, Basrah, and Erbil.

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