On the run up to Easter the following note just arrived in the GO! Smell the flowers inbox here in Dubai:
Please note that effective Friday 14/3/08, all those visiting Jebel Ali / Dubai Churches are not allowed to park the cars near the church. There is a special arrangement close to the churches and from there you can either walk it out to church or there are regular RTA special buses picking you up from the parking area and dropping you to the church and vice-versa.
This arrangement is through the Holy week right up to Easter Sunday. There are police and transport officials directing you to the parking lots. The buses are very convenient and a whole lot of them every 2-5 mins leaving from the parking lot and taking you to church. At the church entrance there is a security screening of each and every person entering the church premises (Male or Female). In view of the huge crowd for the Holy week services, it better to leave a little early to get to church on time on account of the above security arrangements.
Please pass it on to everyone you think will be attending church services at Jebel Ali/Dubai. And let us co-operate with Dubai Police regarding these security arrangements.
Should the church goers of Dubai be concerned as the email spreads throughout the inboxes of the UAE? Do tell!