On 18 December 2019, the U.S. Embassy in Abu Dhabi issued a Security Alert, which reads in part as follows:

“Location: United Arab Emirates, countrywide

“Event: New Year’s celebrations will take place throughout the UAE over the coming weeks. Road closures throughout the emirates will restrict movements, particularly in areas where large crowds are expected. U.S. citizens should exercise vigilance when attending large, public holiday events, visiting tourist sites, using public transportation, and frequenting places of worship, restaurants, hotels, and other public locations. Be aware of your immediate surroundings and avoid large crowds, when possible. If you find yourself in a crowded area, think through in advance the quickest way to remove yourself on short notice, if necessary. Police officers will likely be conducting regular identification checks, especially near tourist attractions and large gatherings. You should carry proper identification at all times.”