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1. Terms
Cookie means small pieces of information including, but not limited to a file of letters and numbers that are sent to Users’ browser or hard drive of their computer when accessing the Website.
DCT Abu Dhabi means the Department of Culture and Tourism – Abu Dhabi, including Louvre Abu Dhabi and any other sites and assets owned by DCT Abu Dhabi.
Essential Cookies are persistent, session based and strictly necessary for the functioning of a website.
First and third-party cookies: whether a cookie is ‘first’ or ‘third’ party refers to the domain placing the Cookie. First-party cookies are those set by a website that is being visited by the User at the time (e.g., cookies placed by
Third-party cookies: are Cookies that are set by a domain other than that of the website being visited by the User. If a User visits a website and another entity sets a cookie through that website this would be a third-party cookie.
Persistent cookies mean these cookies remain on a User’s device for the period of time specified in the Cookie. They are activated each time that the User visits the website that created that particular Cookie.
Personal Information means information which is related to an identified or identifiable natural person.
Policy means this Cookie policy.
Session cookies mean these Cookies allow website operators to link the actions of a user during a browser session. A browser session starts when a user opens the browser window and finishes when they close the browser window. Session cookies are created temporarily. Once you close the browser, all session cookies are deleted.
User means any person visiting or using the Website.
Website means any website owned or operated by DCT Abu Dhabi.

2. Policy
This Policy applies to Websites, mobile applications, products and services, which will provide links navigating to this Policy, and which will be displayed to Users for their acceptance.
DCT Abu Dhabi uses Cookies to distinguish you from other users of our Website. Understanding how you use our Website helps us to provide you with the best experience possible and make changes to improve our Website in the future.
This Policy gives you clear and relevant information about why and how the Website stores and uses Cookies.

By continuing to use our Website, the User is agreeing to placing DCT Abu Dhabi’s Cookies on his/her computer or device in order to analyse the way our Website is being used.

Please read this Policy carefully for more details about the information we collect when a User uses the Website.

If you do not wish to accept cookies in connection with your use of this Website, you must immediately stop using the Website.

3. Cookies
3.1 Purpose
DCT Abu Dhabi uses Cookies to identify the User using its Websites and services. The text in a Cookie often consists of identifiers, site names, and some numbers and characters. Cookies are unique to the browsers or mobile applications used by an individual, and enable Websites to store data including, without limitation, User preferences or items in shopping carts.
The User’s browser will return the Cookie information only to the domain where the Cookie originated and its content can be retrieved or read only by the server that created the Cookie.
Like many other websites and internet service providers, DCT Abu Dhabi uses Cookies on its Websites to improve the User experience. Session Cookies are deleted after each visit, while Persistent Cookies remain in place across multiple visits. Cookies allow Websites to remember user settings including, without limitation, language, font size on user computer or mobile device, and other browser preferences. This means that a User does not need to reset preferences for every visit. If Cookies are not used, the Website will treat the User as a new visitor every time he/she loads the Website.
3.2 Customizing Cookies
Users may block Cookies by activating the setting on his/her browser that allows him/her to refuse the setting of all or some Cookies.  However, if a User blocks all Cookies in the browser settings (including Essential Cookies), he/she may not be able to access all or parts of our Website.
Unless the User has adjusted his/her browser setting to refuse Cookies, the Website system will issue cookies as soon he/she visits our Website. Turning off or deleting Cookies will not prevent device identification and related data collection from occurring.
Internet browsers allow you to turn cookies off through their settings. These settings are usually found in the 'options' or 'preferences' menu of the User’s internet browser.

3.3 Cookies categories
The cookies used on our Website are categorised as follows:
• Strictly necessary
• Performance
• Functionality
• Targeting
Strictly necessary
“Strictly Necessary” Cookies are used to transmit data online and are strictly necessary to make the Website operational. They allow a user to move around the Website and use essential features like secure areas and shopping baskets. Without these cookies, services you have asked for cannot be provided. Please note that these cookies do not gather any information about you that could be used for marketing or remembering where you've been on the internet.
We use these Strictly Necessary Cookies to:
• Remember information you have entered on order forms when you navigate to different pages during a web browser session;
• Remember the goods and services you ordered when you get to the checkout page;
• Identify you as being logged in to our Website;
• Make sure you connect to the right service on our website when we make any changes to the way the website works; and
• Route users to specific applications of a service, or specific servers
Accepting these Cookies is a condition of using the Website, so if you prevent these Cookies we can't guarantee your use of our Website or how the security of the website will perform during your visit.

“Performance” Cookies collect information about how a User uses our Website (including, but not limited to the pages he/she visits, and experience of any errors). These cookies do not collect any information that could identify a User and are only used to help us improve how the Website works, understand what interests our Users, and measure how effective our advertising is.
We use Performance cookies for:
• Web Analytics: to provide statistics on how our website is used;
• Ad Response Rates: to see how effective our advertisements are, including those pointing to our Websites;
• Affiliate Tracking: to provide feedback on an anonymous basis to partners that one of our Users also visited their Website. This can include details of any products purchased;
• Error Management: to help us improve the Website by measuring any errors that occur; and
• Testing Designs: to test different designs of our Website.
Some of these Cookies are managed by third parties, and you may refer to the third parties' own website privacy notifications for further information.
By using our Website, you accept the use of “Performance” Cookies. Accepting these cookies is a condition of using the Website, so if you prevent them we cannot guarantee how our Website will perform.
“Functionality” Cookies are used to provide services or to remember settings to improve your visit.
We use Functionality cookies to:
• Remember settings you've applied, such as layout, text size, preferences, and colours;
• Remember if we've already asked you if you want to fill in a survey; and
• Show you when you're logged in to the Website.
Some of these cookies are managed by third parties, and you may refer to the third parties' own website privacy notifications for further information.
“Targeting” Cookies are linked to services provided by third parties, such as 'Like' buttons and 'Share' buttons. Third parties provide these services in return for recognizing that you have visited our Website.
We use Targeting cookies to:
• Link to social networks like Facebook, who may subsequently use information about your visit to target advertising to you on other Websites;
• Provide advertising agencies with information on your visit so that they can present you with advertisements in which you may be interested; and
• If the device used to access our Website is being shared with several people, the person viewing advertising content might not be the person who visited our Website;
All of these cookies are managed by third parties, and you may refer to the third parties' own website privacy notifications for further information;
By using our site, you accept the use of "Targeting" Cookies. In some cases accepting these Cookies may be a condition of using the Website; so if you disable or block them we cannot guarantee how our Website will perform.

4. withdrawing consent
Once a User visits our Website, a Cookie on his/her computer or device will be stored to remember for next time, and which will expire periodically. If a User wishes to withdraw his/her consent at any time, he/she will need to delete his/her Cookies using his/her internet browser settings.
Once you visit our website, we shall store a cookie on your computer or device to remember this for next time. This will expire periodically. If you wish to withdraw your consent at any time, you will need to delete your cookies using your internet browser settings.
Find further information about deleting or blocking cookies here. 

5. personal information
Some of the Cookies used by the Website may store Personal Information about a User. However, this can be done only if the User has provided the Website with his/her Personal Information. All Personal Information stored in the Website will be subject to DCT Abu Dhabi’s privacy policy.
Websites, products and services may contain links to, or may be embedded in another organization’s or agency’s website which have their own privacy policies. In this case the User to the extent he/she is no longer on a Website and is not providing DCT Abu Dhabi with his/her Personal Information will become subject to the privacy policy of the accessed external site and DCT Abu Dhabi will have no liability for any Personal Information provided to the third-party information gatherer through the website controlled or operated by that third party.

6. Policy Update
DCT Abu Dhabi reserves the right to update or change this Policy at any time. DCT Abu Dhabi will notify its Users of material changes to this Policy by posting a notice on its Websites.

7. Governing Law
This Policy is governed by and will be construed in accordance with the laws of the Emirate of Abu Dhabi and the federal laws of the United Arab Emirates as applicable in the Emirate of Abu Dhabi.

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