Eid Al Adha morning prayers said at mosques across UAE

Worshippers gather while adhering to Covid-19 safety measures

Across the UAE, Eid prayers are being held in mosques for the second time since the pandemic began.

Worshippers lined up at mosques to mark the start of the holidays, while adhering to Covid-19 safety measures.

In scenes reminiscent of those in May, attendees did not stand shoulder to shoulder in tightly packed rows. Instead, space was given between prayer mats in order to halt the spread of the coronavirus.

Mosques opened 15 minutes before the start of prayers and were limited to 15 minutes, including the sermon. Facilities such as washrooms and water dispensers remained out of use.

All mosques shut immediately after prayers.

People who have tested positive or been in contact with a positive case are prohibited from attending.

The elderly, people suffering from chronic diseases and children under 12 were also asked by authorities to stay at home.

Yesterday, UAE leaders shared greetings on social media, wishing citizens, residents and the rest of the Muslim world a happy and blessed Eid.

President Sheikh Khalifa congratulated kings, presidents and emirs of Arab and Islamic countries on the occasion of Eid Al Adha, state news agency Wam said.

He wished for good health and happiness to the leaders, and further progress and prosperity to all Arab and Muslim people.

Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid, Vice President and Ruler of Dubai, also congratulated the people of the UAE and all Arab and Islamic people across the world celebrating Eid.

Writing on his social media page on Monday, Sheikh Mohammed also wished for the good health, safety and security of all.

Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the Armed Forces, exchanged similar greetings with Arab leaders.

Sheikh Maktoum bin Mohammed, Deputy Ruler of Dubai, also sent a message of congratulations.

"During these holy days, we wish the people of the UAE and all Muslims around the world a blessed Eid Al Adha," Sheikh Maktoum wrote on Twitter.

Updated: July 20th 2021, 1:45 PM