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UAE to mark Eid tomorrow with strict safety measures

The IACAD said prayer halls will open 15 minutes before Eid Al Fitr prayers and close immediatel­y ater prayers are completed


The Shawwal crescent was not sighted in the UAE on Tuesday and therefore, Wednesday, May 12, will be the last day of the Holy Month of Ramadan, and the first day of Eid Al Fitr will be on Thursday, May 13, according to the UAE Moon Sighting Committee.

Sultan Bin Saeed Al Badi Al Dhaheri, Minister of Justice, Chairman of the Committee, extended Eid greetings to President His Highness Sheikh Khalifa Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, His Highness Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, the Vice President, Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai, His Highness Sheikh Mohamed Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces, and Their Highnesses the Supreme Council Members and Rulers of the Emirates.

He also greeted the people of the UAE and Muslims across the world on the occasion.

He prayed to Allah Almighty to bless the President with continued good health, and well-being for the Arab and Muslim Nations.

According to the federal government announceme­nt, residents in the UAE will enjoy a five-day Eid break — Ramadan 29, 30, and Shawwal 1, 2 and 3 (Tuesday, May 11, to Saturday, May 15).

DUBAI’S PRAYER HALLS TO OPEN 15 MINUTES BEFORE EID AL FITR PRAYER: The Islamic Affairs and Charitable Activities Department in Dubai (IACAD) said prayer halls will open 15 minutes before Eid Al Fitr prayers and close immediatel­y after prayers are completed. The Eid prayers, including the sermon, will be held for a duration of 15 minutes. Women’s prayer halls will remain closed until further notice.

This came as IACAD clarified on Tuesday the guidelines for performing Eid Al Fitr prayers in the emirate, aimed at curbing the spread of COVID-19.

In a clarificat­ion on Tuesday, the IACAD said the worshipper­s are urged not to crowd at the entry and exit points of mosques and avoid gathering before and after Eid prayers. Eid prayers will begin at 5:52 am.

IACAD stressed the importance of adhering to all precaution­ary measures outlined by authoritie­s earlier, including wearing of face masks, maintainin­g physical distancing and avoiding physical greetings like handshakes. The preventive guidelines issued earlier for Taraweeh prayers will continue to be enforced to ensure public safety.

The public can find the names of the Musallah Al Eid prayer halls by visiting the department’s website or the department’s social media platforms.

The Department extended its sincere wishes to the UAE leadership and people, as well as all Arab and Islamic nations on the occasion of Eid Al Fitr.

ADP URGES PUBLIC TO AVOID GATHERINGS DURING EID AL FITR: The Abu Dhabi Police (ADP) has urged the public to adhere to the precaution­ary measures aimed at curbing the spread of coronaviru­s (COVID-19) and warned them about the risks of not maintainin­g a safe physical distance between people.

The ADP, therefore, stressed the importance of adhering to the decision to restrict gatherings, meetings and public or private celebratio­ns at public areas or private ranches in Abu Dhabi.

The ADP highlighte­d the importance of avoiding social traditions that endanger health and safety during Eid Al Fitr, most notably visiting elderly people and people with chronic diseases while urging families to exchange Eid greetings over the phone or via social media.

The ADP affirmed that anyone violating relevant instructio­ns will be subject to legal action. Those holding celebratio­ns will be fined Dhs10,000 while those attending will be fined Dhs5,000.

The ADP wished everyone a happy Eid Al Fitr and encouraged the public to cooperate and support the efforts of relevant authoritie­s to curb the spread of the virus and report any gatherings or celebratio­ns that violate the instructio­ns of official entities, by contacting the Aman service on the free toll number, “8002626,” or via SMS on “2828,” or email at “”

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