Dubai schools to close for two days this week

The announcement was made by the Ministry of Education

Dubai schools to close for two days this week

Schoolkids in Dubai have been given two surprise days off school this week, according to an official announcement.

The Ministry of Education tweeted that pupils in the city – as well as those in Sharjah – would not be required to go into school on Monday February 4 or Tuesday February 5.

The move was made to help mark the visit by Pope Francis to the UAE this week.

It follows the decision to give private sector workers with a ticket to the mass a holiday on Tuesday.

While the head of the Catholic church has no public engagements on Monday daytime, it’s thought Sunday’s rainy weather played a factor in the decision in Dubai and Sharjah.

Experts say the bad weather should all be cleared up by Tuesday.

The capital is gearing up for the papal visit on Tuesday, with hundreds and thousands of worshippers expected to descend on Zayed Sports City, where a public mass will be held at 10.30am.

More than 1,000 buses will be transporting people from Dubai to Abu Dhabi, with most journeys starting the night before the event.

Those who have tickets to the mass can get a free ride on the buses.

The sports stadium will open at 5am for people to start filing in for the Papal mass, with about 135,000 people expected.

The Argentinian pontiff is the first Pope to visit the Arabian Gulf region – and his visit is part of the UAE’s Year of Tolerance.

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