All you need to know about Pope Francis’s visit

Pope Francis will visit Abu Dhabi this week ahead of the public mass to be held on 5th February. 

Here’s everything that you need to know ahead of the visit if you’re attending the public mass at Zayed Sports City Stadium.

Only ticket holders will be allowed to attend the papal mass. Tickets were issued to Catholics that were registered with their local parish and were distributed on a first come, first served basis. If you do not have a ticket you should not travel to the event as you will not be permitted entry.

Around 120,000 people are expected to attend the mass. To ensure that all ticket holders arrive on time, free transport will be provided for those attending. Ticket holders will arrange their time of departure from a designated access hub when picking up their tickets from their local parish. Cars will not be permitted at Zayed Sports City; those travelling from outside of Abu Dhabi will have to park at the designated parking zone on Yas Island at the Yas Gateway access hub where they will be provided with transportation to the venue.

Ticket holders in the private sector will also benefit from a day off work. The Ministry of Human Resources and Emiratisation declared 5th February, the day of the event, a holiday for private sector permit holders who will be attending the event.

For those who are unable to attend, the event will be live-streamed in parishes across the city and on uaepapalvisit.org. The mass will begin at 10.30am and will be followed by a farewell ceremony at 12.40pm.

The Ministry of Education has also announced on social media that all Abu Dhabi schools will be closed on Tuesday.

MOE announcement on twitter

We will be providing updates on social media on the day so keep your eyes peeled for the latest news as the event takes place this week.

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