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Residents go all out for outings in Sharjah


SHARJAH: The pandemic menace notwithsta­nding, citizens and residents of Sharjah certainly made it a point not to be homebound for the festive occasion. They went all out for outings to make the most of the celebratio­ns, the longest Eid holiday so far. The inhabitant­s celebrated the second day of Eid Al Adha in public parks, beaches and recreation­al places, amid manifestat­ions of joy, ensuring however that they did not step out of line over health measures to tackle the coronaviru­s.

The clean healthy environmen­t encouraged families to spend most of their time with children in parks and gardens. The concerned authoritie­s in the emirate control the celebratio­ns through the inspection teams that continued to supervise and follow up on the celebratio­ns on an ongoing basis.

On its part, the municipali­ty has intensifie­d the awareness and guidance in all areas that witnessed a large public turnout, such as parks, beaches and squares, to ensure the public’s adherence to the preventive measures.

It has also provided a number of well-trained and skilled inspectors in those places, in order to deal profession­ally with the public. They have also received first aid courses, to enable them to deal with emergency cases.

An earlier report said in the UAE, Eid celebratio­ns began with a call from the authoritie­s to follow strict virus safety protocols. The authority advised all worshipper­s to bring their own prayer mats, stressing that it was strictly forbidden for COVID-19 patients and their close contacts to atend prayers.

The authoritie­s said, “Please avoid gatherings and handshakes before and ater the Eid prayer in all its forms, and greet and congratula­te each other from a distance only.”

The Eid Al Adha holidays began on July 19, Monday (Day of Arafat), and will end on Thursday, July 22, the Federal Authority for Government Human Resources announced.

The UAE residents are having the longest break of this year on Eid. The two-day weekend on July 23 and 24 will follow it. And work for all federal ministries and entities will resume on

Sunday, 25th July.

This applies to those who have a two-day weekly off. The residents in the UAE will enjoy a six-day Eid holiday.

Different areas of the seven emirates have been decorated on the occasion, but authoritie­s have urged members of the public to adhere to precaution­ary measures to curb the spread of the coronaviru­s.

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Residents make a beeline for the beach on the second day of Eid.
↑ Residents make a beeline for the beach on the second day of Eid.

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