If Christmas was not reason enough to find offices empty, we found that the cricket fever caught hold of Indian and Pakistani nationals all around the UAE. The Twenty20 match between long-term cricketing rivals was scheduled to begin at 5.30pm, UAE time.
Die-hard cricket fans expectedly left work early to dodge any possible traffic and get home on time. Many people reportedly called in sick, adding more pressure to people who were in at work. People carrying the weight of their colleagues have been said to be resentful to many people taking the day off and leaving early.
The two teams are working on their cricketing relationships after nearly 5 years. They will be playing two T20 match and three 1-day internationals over the next 2 weeks, across India.