On Wednesday, The Ministry of Human Resources and Emiratisation declared that Tuesday, February 5, will be a holiday for private sector employees to allow them in the Papal Mass.
the Mass will take place at Zayed Sports City in Abu Dhabi, during Pope Francis’s visit to the UAE, said Wam.
the ministry said in an official statement, “The announcement is being made as part of a commitment to grant employees in the private sector the opportunity to take part in the event. The holiday for permit holders underlines the UAE’s commitment to acceptance and open-mindedness during the Year of Tolerance and its ongoing dedication to facilitating interfaith dialogue.”
Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces has invited Pope Francis, Head of the Catholic Church to the UAE. Pope Francis has accepted the Crown Princes invitation and he will be visiting from 3rd-5th February.
During his visit, the Pope will also participate in the International Interfaith Meeting on Human Fraternity.
It is expected that near about 135,000 people will be gathering in the Zayed Sports city to get a glimpse of Pope Francis and that it is going to be the largest crowd that UAE has ever seen.
Tickets for the event will be distributed by the buses which will start their journey from the designated places on 11pm on 4th February from Dubai and 1.30am from Abu Dhabi.
According to the authorities, on Tuesday the gates will be opened for the visitors at 5pm which is before five hours of the Papal Mass to manage the huge crowd.