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All UAE schools closed

Discussion in 'Teaching abroad' started by markedout, Mar 4, 2020.

  1. markedout

    markedout Occasional commenter

    It was announced yesterday evening that all public and private schools in the UAE will close for the next four weeks to prevent the spread of coronavirus. All nurseries and day care centres have been closed since Sunday.
    Those families will all be in the malls and play centres instead, of course.
     
  2. stopwatch

    stopwatch Lead commenter

    I've just Googled this and it came up with a report on the Khaleej Times stating that it is fake news. KHDA stated that a posting on their Twitter site is a fake.
     
  3. mbarraclough

    mbarraclough New commenter

    ADEK announced this and it has been distributed to schools so its happening.
     
  4. Jason_Bourne_

    Jason_Bourne_ Established commenter

    Its 100% true - schools in the UAE are closed for the next 4 weeks.
     
  5. stopwatch

    stopwatch Lead commenter

    Okeydokey- looks like it’s off to the mall (or beach) then!
     
  6. desertestrella7

    desertestrella7 New commenter

    We've been closed in Kuwait since Sunday and at the moment it's a 2 week closure for all schools and universities. We were all on 1/2 term last week too for the National and Liberation Day holidays, so that's a 3 week break from being in the physical classroom. Plenty of online and virtual teaching going on and my IT skills are coming on a treat. An absolute nightmare for our exam classes though, and we have our IGCSE, AS & A Level oral exams mid April, so pretty stressful for all involved.

    I just hope they don't stop travel around the GCC as some of us have flights booked and tickets bought for Midge Ure at the Irish Village in Dubai on the 20th March :) We'll definitely be needing a few beers by then... Though the Madness gig tomorrow night has been postponed till November so it isn't looking good.....
     
  7. JL48

    JL48 Star commenter

    So the report that it was fake news, was itself fake news. How Trumpian :confused:
     
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  8. stopwatch

    stopwatch Lead commenter

    Indeed!
     
  9. bec_payne

    bec_payne New commenter

    All schools closed and Spring Break to start after today for the children - not school staff; we are back in school on Sunday. Then distance teaching and learning for two weeks. Staff are not allowed to leave the country and will teach until July.
     
  10. Jason_Bourne_

    Jason_Bourne_ Established commenter

    Will be interesting to see what other measures are implemented in the UAE now that schools are going to be closed for the next 4 weeks. If beaches, malls, cinemas etc are still going to be operating normally then it's going to be a useless activity closing down schools.
     
  11. moscowbore

    moscowbore Lead commenter

    It would be unacceptable to the locals for the government to close down malls and cinemas. Where will the locals order their maids to take their children?
    Soft play areas will make a fortune.
     
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  12. Jason_Bourne_

    Jason_Bourne_ Established commenter

    I agree with you but would then have to question what is the point in closing schools if people are going to have easy ways to interact and increase the risk of spreading the virus?
     
  13. moscowbore

    moscowbore Lead commenter

    No point whatsoever.

    The real point of closing schools is a mixture of needing to be seen to be doing something and proving how important the decision makers are.
     
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  14. cactusqueen

    cactusqueen New commenter

    We've been told they have brought the holiday forward with short notice and cancelled teachers holidays as they dont want international travel. All teachers have been offered full ticket refunds with Etihad and guests offered free date transfer. I get the impression it more to do with the large amount of expats leaving the country for holidays than the mixing of Emirati at the malls.
     
  15. moscowbore

    moscowbore Lead commenter

    The fear is that once you are out of the country you will not return. China is the same.
     
  16. salamandes

    salamandes New commenter

    Saudi Schools closed now according to Al Jazeera.
     
  17. abikuwait

    abikuwait New commenter

    Qatar schools too though staff expected to attend for the time being. No indication on how long the closure is proposed for.
     
  18. markedout

    markedout Occasional commenter

    And now Bahrain too. Bahrain is effectively closed.
     

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