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Abu Dhabi schools to remain closed on Thursday due to bad weather

Senior official says decision has been reached for the safety of students in the UAE capital

Abu Dhabi schools to remain closed on Thursday due to bad weather
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Public and private schools in Abu Dhabi will be closed again on Thursday due to the bad weather, it has been announced.

In a statement published by news agency WAM, Dr Ali Rashid Al Nuaimi, the director-general of Abu Dhabi Education Council, said the move was made for the safety of students.

Schools were closed on Wednesday in the emirate due to heavy rain.

A decision on whether higher education institutions will open on Thursday will be made by individual heads, according to Dr Ahmad bin Abdulla Humaid Belhoul AlFalasi, Minister of State for Higher Education.

He said in a statement: "Due to variable weather conditions in the country, the decision to suspend or continue the classes on Thursday at the higher education institutions is within the powers delegated to the heads of these institutions as they deem it fit in the interest and safety of all students."

Separately, Abu Dhabi Securities Exchange decided to suspend and cancel the trading session on Wednesday after the severe weather caused a power outage and disrupted communication lines for some brokerage firms operating in the market.

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