This is seen as a broad-brush approach being taken by the US here, in, as I should say, in a country where security is already air tight.
Under normal operations here since the broadcast, we are not allowed to go, take our cameras into the diplomatic area.
Let's give you a sense where the US embassy is.
If you look over my shoulder here, that tall sloping building to the right of your screen is the US embassy.
And it's fair to say, it does stand out in the crowd.
Now, this is seen, as I was suggested here, as a big wide action by the US, perhaps not targeted at the UAE,
but clearly at the advances made by Al-Qaeda in Arabian peninsular in Yemen recently, and more specifically in Iran.
And just by mere geographic here, by the proximity to Iraq and Iran, this is seen as a precautionary measure.
I tried to speak with the US embassador who says this decision is coming out of Washington.
One European embassador says to me that this is a direct response,
Natalie, to the attack in Benghazi last year while some suggests that the US is a slow react.
They don't want to be pulled off the ground here,
and they are not taking any chances by just closing embassies in 3 and 4 countries,
they are going after 22 countries and consulates throughout the region, even threats in Afghanistan and Bangladesh.
We know now that Britain, Germany and France have shut off their operations in Yemen,
and the US puts tanks in front of their operation in that country as well. Natalie.
Certainly something has been taken very very seriously.
Thank you for showing us the building there behind you that is the US embassy.
What do you know about security at that building on a regular day there in Abu Dabi, John?
Well, it is a very tightly run operation, not only of the US embassy.
But it's fair to say that the UAE has some of the best security in the golf space and in the broader middle east.
They are taking this seriously.
It's only 300 kilometers from here to Iran and going across the strait to, so you can imagine what security is all about.
The US and Britain have security cooperation here with the UAE government as well.
But this comes out of a period interesting enough during the last week of ramadan with, unusually quiet as it is,
and other muslims in the region are waking up late in the day because they are breaking their fast early at the morning before.
So in fact it's a very quiet period any way, and I think it's fair to say,
it's eerily quiet around the US embassy as we speak, with the security kind of locked down there during this hour.
And we don't really know when it will be back and anything will be returned to normal, do we?
Well, the suggestion is, as I have spoken to US embassador today, we know that the closure is 24 hours on the embassy,
but the travel alert carries out through the month of August.
Now I think it's gonna wait and see attitude here to find out what the noise is.
The intelligence are coming out,
this is not noise limited to Yemen,
when I understand from diplomatic official, but a broader approach here,
Iraq, Yemen and some of the concerns that even built in Syria.
So again, they are taking any chances,
they are going to see the broad-brush approach through the 22 different countries and territories here in the regions even threatening South Asia and Afghanistan and Bangladesh.