Eid Al Adha UAE: Prayers limited to 15 minutes amid Covid-19 rules

Prayers will be held both inside and outside mosques to keep space between worshippers

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Mosques will be permitted to host Eid Al Adha prayers but must follow precautions to curb the spread of Covid-19, authorities have said.

Prayers will be held at mosques and outdoor, and social distancing markers will be used to show people where to sit.

Mosques will open 15 minutes prior to the start of prayers, which will be limited to 15 minutes, including the sermon.

Facilities like washrooms and water dispensers will remain out of use. And mosques will shut immediately after prayers finish.

No prayers will be held at mosques and prayer areas on outer roads and petrol stations.

“All individuals living with those infected, or who are in contact with #COVID19 patients are strictly prohibited to attend prayers,” the government said.

“We also recommend the elderly, individuals suffering from chronic diseases and children under 12 years to avoid going to perform Eid prayer, to keep themselves safe and healthy.”

Worshippers should also avoid “all types of gatherings and shaking hands” before prayers, authorities said.

Updated: July 14, 2021, 8:53 AM