Gulf Today

Dubai parks and beaches a big Eid draw

- Yamama Bedwan, Staff Reporter

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.

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