Weather: Some Dubai Schools Remain Open

The Ministry of Education has announced that, owing to unstable weather, all schools in Dubai and the Northern Emirates should close on Wednesday. However, the KHDA has made it optional and some schools will remain open.
Weather: Some Dubai Schools Remain Open
By David Westley
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The Ministry of Education has announced that, owing to unstable weather, all schools in Dubai and the Northern Emirates should close on Wednesday.  Dubai's Knowledge and Human Development Authority (KHDA) however has made it a discretionary decision for individual schools. Parents need to follow schools instructions.

"In this weather, please let's use our common sense. We want everyone to stay safe and we trust principals and parents to decide what's best for their own schools and children." KHDA tweet.

Not all schools will be shutting their gates. Raffles International School, part of the Innoventures group, which includes Dubai International Academy, will remain open.

School will be open tomorrow, unless there is an official announcement otherwise from the KHDA direct. Media reports are currently contradictory for Dubai, and are not to be followed at this point!

Students are hard at work in class at The Aquila School near The Villa in Dubailand.  Principal Wayne Howson decided to remain open in support of working families, saying that;

"The safety of our children is always our first priority. We understand the difficulties that closing would cause to our working families so we have given our families the choice. If children come to school they will have a lovely day of amazing learning! If families choose to keep their children at home we will authorise and support this decision".

Whilst a handful of schools remain open, a large number of of Dubai schools have already said they will be closing.  Said Shane O' Brien, Director of JESS Dubai:

Dear parents, in line with MOE guidance, all three JESS schools will be closed. Staff are not required at school either. Please go safely.

Taaleem, which has eleven schools across the UAE, sent out a tweet saying:

The welfare of our staff and students has, and always will be, at the heart of every decision Taaleem makes. Therefore due to the severe adverse weather conditions reported we have taken the decision to close all our schools tomorrow. 

There has been a mixed reaction from parents, with some welcoming the cautious approach.  However, not all.  On the facebook page, one parent has written;

"I'm looking outside and the weather is lovely.  Absolutely unnecessary decision to cancel school in my opinion.  A day of missed schooling and assessments for ours means the school has to reschedule assessments for hundreds of students and it won't be an easy task with the holidays coming up.  Very disappointing". 

Many schools have confirmed that they are closed today, including:

  • The Indian High School
  • Brighton College Dubai
  • Jebel Ali School
  • Kent College Dubai
  • Repton Dubai
  • Regent International School
  • Safa British School
  • Foremarke School
  • Horizon English School
  • Smart Vision School
  • IDEA Early Learning Centre
  • Nord Anglia Dubai
  • All GEMS Education schools 
  • Horizon International School
  • Kings' Schools - Dubai, Al Barsha and Nad Al Sheba
  • Arcadia School
  • Swiss International School
  • The Arbor School
  • Deira International School
  • Universal American School

The situation is less than clear for nurseries, who have not received official guidance from their governing body, the  Ministry of Education.  Many have chosen to remain open, though warning parents to drive safely.  At Children's Oasis Nursery in Umm Suqeim, Nursery Director Susan Roberts had this to say:

Please be aware that heavy rains and limited visibility are predicted over the coming days in Dubai.  While the nursery will remain open as usual, we urge families to drive carefully if making their way to nursery.  Please remember, better to be late and safe!

 All private schools in Sharjah will close on Wednesday, according to Ali Al Hosani, Director General of Sharjah Private Education Authority (SPEA). 

Schools and Nurseries in Abu Dhabi City have been ordered to close by The Abu Dhabi Department of Education (ADEK).  Schools and Nurseries in Al Ain and Al Dhafra regions are open until further notice. 

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