Word travels very fast in Dubai, and you can discover news through all sorts of mediums. One quick way to know if anyone in the ruling family has died is via radio. Not by an announcement, but by the fact that all stations suddenly switch to classical music.
This happened this morning to colleagues on their way to Abu Dhabi. As soon as the switch happened they called us in the office. We then called media contacts, who told us that the uncle of General Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum had passed away. Sometimes this means an immediate day's holiday (it’s decided by rank). On this occasion, no holiday. Boo!