UAE reveals free transport plan for Pope Francis event

Free buses are being provided by the UAE Government, designed to ensure that the 135,000 attendees are able to access the Papal Mass on February 5
UAE reveals free transport plan for Pope Francis event
Pope Francis will deliver a Papal Mass in Abu Dhabi on February 5.
By Sam Bridge
Tue 29 Jan 2019 05:59 PM

Organisers of the Papal Mass being held by Pope Francis in Abu Dhabi next month have released additional details about the locations of bus pick-up points across the UAE.

The detailed transport plan, including free buses from the UAE Government, is designed to ensure that the 135,000 attendees are able to access the Mass on February 5 and comes as Catholic Church parishes across the country start to distribute tickets.

There will be multiple pick-up points at locations in Abu Dhabi, Dubai and single pick-up points located in Al Ain, Jebel Ali, Mussafah and Ruwais and at the Yas Gateway park and ride facility on Yas Island. Residents of Sharjah will use only one hub in Dubai, which is in the Muhaisnah district, state news agency WAM reported on Tuesday.

The locations and timings that individuals need to observe with regard to the access hubs will be marked on the transport ticket issued to them along with their entry ticket to the Mass.

Organisers are encouraging individuals to bring their own food and drinks while they are gathering at the pick-up points and during the bus journey.

It will not be permitted to take food and beverages into the venue that will be reached by a short walk of up to 1km from the bus drop-off points. Water will be provided within the venues.

Father Michael O’Sullivan, the UAE Papal visit coordinator on behalf of the Apostolic Vicariate of Southern Arabia, said: "We have been working closely to ensure the most efficient way to help the tens of thousands of our parishioners who wish to participate in the Mass reach Abu Dhabi by buses.

"Naturally the logistics behind something of this scale are hugely complex and the timings reflect the sheer numbers of people who are expected to travel and to ensure that everyone is able to reach the Zayed Sports Stadium area in plenty of time for the Mass.

"As the Mass will be taking place in the morning the timings are in place to ensure that there is a balanced flow of individuals coming to their designated pick-up point to benefit from the free transport the UAE Government has so generously provided."

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