With the recent rise in Covid-19 cases in Dubai, extra-curricular school sport and PE lessons have been placed on hold for two weeks from Monday 3rd January 2022.
The news comes as students across Dubai return to school following the Christmas holidays and will be disappointing for young athletes across the city, many of whom finished 2021 on a high following the return of school sports events last term.
The KHDA says: “The health, safety and wellbeing of the Dubai education community continues to be a priority. Dubai Government authorities are working together to monitor and update policies to ensure students and staff stay safe in a changeable environment.”
Despite the new measures there is still much optimism across Dubai’s sporting community, with many looking forward to the return of sport in the near future.
A DASSA spokesperson said schools across Dubai are doing all they can to ensure the safety of students and staff comes first but they will be ready and waiting for the green light to get back on the court or sports field when the situation allows.
They said: “We will be monitoring the situation closely to make sure we are ready to go again when restrictions are lifted. We had such a great time last term seeing students back representing their schools in the football, netball, basketball and cross country seasons and we’re hopeful the new term will see lots of sport played as soon as it’s safe.
“Our first priority is to make sure that everything we are doing is conducted safely – we’ll follow the guidance as it emerges and look forward to welcoming students back to school sport in the very near future.”
You can view the latest KHDA guidance by clicking here.