UAE weather: Staff to work from home; schools move to remote learning

by Staff Reporter
UAE weather forecast 

Following the directives of Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Crown Prince of Dubai and Chairman of The Executive Council of Dubai, Tuesday, April 16, 2024 will be a remote working day for employees of all Dubai government entities due to weather conditions.

This applies to all government employees in Dubai, except for roles that need on-site presence at the workplace.

He also directed private schools to conduct remote learning due to weather conditions. Dubai authorities confirmed their full preparedness to manage the impact of expected weather conditions. They also affirmed that they have taken all necessary pre-emptive measures to monitor and assess weather conditions and ensure public safety.

Private sector

The Ministry of Human Resources and Emiratisation (MoHRE) has called on private sector companies in areas most impacted by the exceptional weather conditions forecasted for the UAE to take precautions in outdoor work environments where it is difficult to suspend operations, urging employers to ensure workers’ health and safety during their commute to and from these sites and that occupational health and safety requirements are met.

In a circular, MoHRE said, “In light of the exceptional weather conditions forecasted for the UAE, and in coordination with relevant authorities across the country, we advise private sector companies to take all necessary precautions and make sure that occupational health and safety requirements are met to ensure the safety of their workers during the expected period of weather fluctuations.”

It added, “Companies are required to comply with the directives issued by the relevant local authorities in each emirate regarding exceptional weather conditions and their impact on business operations.”


The local Emergency, Crisis and Disaster Management Team in Sharjah has decided to activate the distance learning system in all private schools and higher education institutions in the emirate on Tuesday and Wednesday (April 16 & 17).

The Team has also called off all sporting activities and competitions organised by the Sharjah Sports Council in the emirate due to the prevailing weather conditions in the country.

The decision is aimed at maintaining the safety of students and teaching staff in the emirate and raising the state of alert and readiness to deal with any adverse weather conditions.

The authorities are constantly monitoring the weather situation and hs taken all measures to ensure the provision of essential services in the Emirate.

The authorities underscored the importance of exercising caution while driving during rains and unstable weather conditions, and staying away from valleys and mountainous areas that are prone to flooding.

The authorities cautioned the public against going to the sea and visiting mountains and valleys in the next few days.


The local Emergency, Crisis and Disaster Management Team in the emirate of Ajman, in coordination with the relevant authorities, has decided to switch to distance learning in private schools in the emirate on Tuesday and Wednesday, April 16 and 17, due to the expected weather conditions.

The team explained that the decision comes as part of its keenness to ensure the safety of students and administrative and teaching bodies, pointing out that a state of alert and readiness has been raised to deal with the unstable weather conditions, while continuing to monitor developments and take the necessary procedures to ensure availability of vital services.

The team urged extreme caution while driving during rain and changing weather conditions. They advised staying away from areas where valleys flood and rainwater accumulates. This includes avoiding valleys, mountains, and the sea during these times to prevent potential dangers.

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