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Socially-distanced Eid Al Adha in UAE: All you need to know

Published on July 31, 2020 at 00.01

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Eid Al Adha is right around the corner. The Islamic festival is observed by Muslims around the world, and usually celebrated through gatherings with family and friends, sacrifices and distribution of gifts.
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However, with the Covid-19 pandemic, worshippers are being advised to observe a socially distanced Eid Al Adha by avoiding gatherings and, instead, use technology to meet up virtually.
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This year, in the UAE, the Eid Al Adha break is from Thursday, July 30, to Sunday, August 2.
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The UAE has issued a series of health and safety protocols that will need to be followed by residents during the celebrations in order to ensure the continued protection of all members of society. Here’s all you need to know:
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Can I offer Eid prayers in congregation?

No, Muslims have been asked to offer the Eid prayers at home. The Takbeer (religious chant) that precedes the prayer will be broadcast from mosque speakers.
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Are donations and sacrifices allowed?

>> Donations and sacrifices should be made only to official charitable causes in the country and through relevant smart applications.

>>Sacrifices should be made only through slaughterhouses outlined by the local authorities that provide remote services and follow all safety protocols and precautionary measures.

>> It is forbidden to deal with unofficial workers for the purpose of livestock and slaughter.

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Can I visit friends and family?

>> Residents are advised to avoid family gatherings and encouraged to offer greetings using the phone or social media.

>> It is also recommended to avoid visiting pregnant women, children and people with chronic diseases. Such vulnerable members of society should also stay home and avoid going to public places for their own safety.
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Can Eid gifts be distributed to kids, individuals?

Residents have been asked to refrain from distributing Eid gifts and money to children and individuals, and use electronic means instead.
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What about domestic workers?

Domestic workers are prohibited from meeting anyone outside their homes. They must be provided with protective equipment if they need to interact with people from outside, such as when receiving goods or parcels.
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