UAE schools to close two hours early today

Football fans can prepare for Asian Cup's semi-final UAE-Qatar match

UAE schools to close two hours early today

We were so excited when the UAE football team beat current title holders Australia in a 1-0 victory and moved to the semi-finals of the Asian Cup. Now we’ll get to go and watch the players try for a spot in the finals – and schools will be closing early for us to go and cheer them on.

The Ministry of Education is giving junior football lovers and parents the opportunity to leave school two hours early on Tuesday January 29 in support of the UAE team.

All government schools will finish early, while many private schools are expected to do the same. The Ministry’s circular issued on Monday January 28 directed schools to cut classes by 30 minutes each, reducing the total length of the day.

Plus, institutions were advised to coordinate with parents and Emirates Transport to ensure transportation is sorted beforehand.

The move will help clear roads so fans can have a smooth trip to Abu Dhabi’s Mohamed Bin Zayed Stadium just in time for the semi-final match, which starts at 6pm.

For those who can’t make it to the capital, the match will also be playing on TVs across many venues in the UAE so mums, dads and kids can head out to watch all the action unfold on the pitch.

The announcement will allow plenty of time to prepare for the Qatar-UAE match. And we’ve already got our flags. Go UAE.
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