ABU DHABI-The Gulf emirate of Abu Dhabi closed all vacationer points of interest, together with its department of famed Paris museum the Louvre, from Saturday till March 31 as a precaution towards the coronavirus.

“In line with precautionary measures to ensure the health and safety of visitors, #AbuDhabi’s main tourist attractions, theme parks & cultural destinations will be temporarily closed from 15 to 31 March to limit large gatherings and protect public health in response to COVID-19,” the Abu Dhabi authorities mentioned on Twitter.

The seven members of the United Arab Emirates, of which Abu Dhabi is the biggest and wealthiest, have recorded 85 instances of the novel coronavirus, in keeping with well being ministry figures.

Nations around the globe have closed museums and cancelled cultural and sporting occasions in a bid to sluggish the pandemic’s unfold.

The Louvre Abu Dhabi opened its doorways in late 2017 with about 600 items together with gadgets from early Mesopotamia. It attracted some two million guests in its first two years of operation.

Underneath a 30-year settlement, France supplies experience, lends artworks and organises exhibitions in return for one billion euros ($1.16 billion).

The primary works on mortgage from the Louvre in Paris included Leonardo da Vinci’s “La Belle Ferronniere”.