epaselect epa06812267 People are silhouetted on the flybridge of a yacht as fireworks illuminates the sky over the Yas Viceroy luxury hotel on the first day of the Muslim holiday of Eid Al-Fitr at the Marina on Yas Island, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, late 15 June 2018 (issued 16 June 2018). Muslims around the world are celebrating Eid al-Fitr, the three day festival marking the end of the Muslim holy month of Ramadan, it will be observed on 15th or 16th of June depending on the lunar calendar. Eid al-Fitr is one of the two major holidays in Islam.  EPA/ALI HAIDER
Muslims celebrated Eid Al Fitr, the festival marking the end of the Muslim holy month of Ramadan, this weekend. EPA

Eid Al Fitr marked by UAE police with weekend of giving

The Prophet Mohammed said we should "exchange presents with one another, for they remove ill feelings from the heart," and that was a sentiment put into action this Eid Al Fitr across the UAE. 
Some institutions gave away gifts, while others decided to give eidieh — a sum of money given as a gift.
On the first day of Eid, drivers and community members across the country received sweets and roses from police officers. And on the second day at Sharjah central prison, the children of inmates were brought together with their fathers and received surprise gifts such as smartphones and bicycles.
The Path to Happiness initiative was launched by the Sharjah Punitive and Correctional Establishment and aimed to give parents and children time together away from the prison bars. On its Instagram account, Sharjah Police said it called the families of 15 children asking what they wanted for Eid.

The children were not aware that they would be seeing their fathers, or that they were to receive gifts.

Abu Dhabi Police also gave eidieh to the children of prisoners, and in Ajman, children living with their imprisoned mothers received eidieh from community police officers who visited. Officers from the Traffic and Patrols Directorate together with Sharjah Police gave eidieh to workers to help them to enjoy Eid with their families, both inside and outside of the UAE.


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"Police are part of society and the vision is to achieve the security, safety and happiness of all community members," said Lt Col Khaled Mohammed Al Nuaimi, deputy director of Ajman Police operations.
Officers visited people with no families to celebrate with, such as those in nursing homes and orphanage shelters, and handed out presents.

People looking to plan their next holiday will not have to wait long as Eid Al Adha is expected to start on August 21, although the official date is subject to the moon-sighting.

The UAE tends to celebrate with a public holiday starting on Arafat Day (the day before Eid Al Adha) and lasting three days. August 20 will fall on a Monday so it is hoped that a midweek break awaits every public and private sector employee this summer.

Diriyah project at a glance

- Diriyah’s 1.9km King Salman Boulevard, a Parisian Champs-Elysees-inspired avenue, is scheduled for completion in 2028
- The Royal Diriyah Opera House is expected to be completed in four years
- Diriyah’s first of 42 hotels, the Bab Samhan hotel, will open in the first quarter of 2024
- On completion in 2030, the Diriyah project is forecast to accommodate more than 100,000 people
- The $63.2 billion Diriyah project will contribute $7.2 billion to the kingdom’s GDP
- It will create more than 178,000 jobs and aims to attract more than 50 million visits a year
- About 2,000 people work for the Diriyah Company, with more than 86 per cent being Saudi citizens

If you go


Emirates flies from Dubai to Phnom Penh with a stop in Yangon from Dh3,075, and Etihad flies from Abu Dhabi to Phnom Penh with its partner Bangkok Airlines from Dh2,763. These trips take about nine hours each and both include taxes. From there, a road transfer takes at least four hours; airlines including KC Airlines (www.kcairlines.com) offer quick connecting flights from Phnom Penh to Sihanoukville from about $100 (Dh367) return including taxes. Air Asia, Malindo Air and Malaysian Airlines fly direct from Kuala Lumpur to Sihanoukville from $54 each way. Next year, direct flights are due to launch between Bangkok and Sihanoukville, which will cut the journey time by a third.

The stay

Rooms at Alila Villas Koh Russey (www.alilahotels.com/ kohrussey) cost from $385 per night including taxes.

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