The online rumour mill suggested that the 24-26 November season finale was at risk of being called off following an update from the UK Foreign & Commonwealth Office.
On 29 October, the FCO updated the terrorism alert level for the United Arab Emirates to declare that “indiscriminate” attacks are “very likely”, including at places “visited by foreigners”.
The FCO notes: “Terrorists continue to issue statements threatening to carry out attacks in the Gulf region.
“These include references to attacks on Western interests, including residential compounds, military, oil, transport and aviation interests as well as crowded places, including restaurants, hotels, beaches, shopping centres and mosques.
“You should maintain a high level of security awareness, particularly in public places and at public events.
“There is a high threat of terrorist attack globally affecting UK interests and British nationals, including from groups and individuals who view the UK and British nationals as targets.
“You should remain vigilant at all times.”
This update had been wrongly conflated to be a response to the Israel-Gaza war.