Dubai parks and beaches a big Eid draw
DUBAI: Shopping centres, parks and beaches in the Emirate of Dubai witnessed a massive flocking of visitors of different nationalities and age groups on the second day of Eid Al Adha, with the adherence to the precautionary measures, to preserve their health and safety and to curb the spread of COVID-19.
A large number of families spent their time in malls in full compliance with health safety steps. They preferred these places seeking a safe haven from high temperatures, in addition to shopping and dining.
Other families preferred to spend their time on the beaches and in parks, to enjoy the landscape and recreational games. Some visited parks in the aternoon hours to enjoy activities for children, who were keen to spend as long as possible in the recreational games area, such as sliding and climbing.
Others preferred to hold barbecue parties in the places designated for that by Dubai Municipality in parks.
The Municipality also urged the public to abide by security and safety regulations in order to maintain their safety.
An earlier report said expatriates from different nationalities in the UAE celebrated another Eid without exchanging traditional greetings but laden with all the religious fervour. They willingly embraced the rules on not greeting each other by hugging or shaking hands, so that social distancing was maintained under the government’s directions to adhere to the coronavirus SOPS ( standard operating procedures).
The faithful performed special Eid prayers in their respective mosques as the government had already issued directives on worshippers keeping a distance between themselves during prayers and refraining from exchanging greetings the conventional way once the Eid prayers were over.
he imams and officials in mosques had been constantly warning worshippers that they should not step out of line where the instructions were concerned, so that the virus was kept in check.
Many residents, while talking to Gulf Today, said that since the pandemic last year, the true happiness of celebrating Eid was missing but they also hailed the government for taking all the measures on a war footing to protect the community.