US consulate in Dubai closes to public

The U.S. consulate in the cosmopolitan Gulf Arab business hub of Dubai closed to the public.

US consulate in Dubai closes to public

The U.S. consulate in the cosmopolitan Gulf Arab business hub of Dubai closed to the public for security reasons on Wednesday, it said without giving details of any threats.

"Based on security information specific to the consulate general provided by Dubai authorities, the U.S. consulate general in Dubai will be closed to the public on January 21, 2009," the consulate said in a statement on its website.

"The United States embassy in Abu Dhabi remains open to the public."

A U.S. embassy official declined to give more details about the nature of the information.

The United States last updated its warden message in July, issuing a worldwide caution to American citizens.

It said "anti-American violence could include possible terrorist actions against aviation, ground transportation, and maritime interests specifically in the Middle east, including the Red Sea, the Persian Gulf, the Arabian Peninsula and North Africa."

It said on Wednesday it would issue a follow up warden message once the consulate reopens.

Reuters
Last Mod: 21 Ocak 2009, 11:57
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