Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid and Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed attend royal wedding virtually

UAE leaders set example to the public by avoiding a gathering during the Covid-19 pandemic

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Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid, Vice President and Ruler of Dubai, and Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the Armed Forces, delivered good wishes to a newlywed royal couple through video conferencing on Tuesday.

They each congratulated Sheikh Sultan bin Khalifa, adviser to the UAE President, and Sheikh Tahnoun bin Zayed, national security adviser, on the marriage of their son and daughter, respectively.

"During my video participation in the Al Nahyan wedding, I congratulated Sheikh Tahnoun bin Zayed and Sheikh Sultan bin Khalifa. May God bring them joy, bless their children and perpetuate goodness and happiness on the people of the Emirates," Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid said on Twitter.

Sheikh Mohammed also offered his well-wishes and shared a series of pictures from the event.

"My warmest congratulations go to Sheikh Mohammed bin Sultan bin Khalifa and Sheikha Fatima bint Tahnoun bin Zayed on their blessed marriage," said Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed.

"I was pleased to communicate with the newlyweds and their family through video conferencing. I wish them joy and good fortune."

Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed was accompanied by his son, Sheikh Theyab bin Mohamed, chairman of the Abu Dhabi Crown Prince’s Court.

Setting an example for the public, the pair delivered their wishes through a video call to avoid large gatherings due to the Covid-19 outbreak.

"Protecting the UAE during these challenging times is a shared responsibility. Following precautionary measures during our social events guarantees our safety as a society, and supports our country's efforts in combating Covid-19," Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed said.

Restrictions on gatherings remain tight in Abu Dhabi with authorities saying formal wedding ceremonies in the capital cannot exceed 10 guests.

Abu Dhabi Public Health Centre also recommends that guests take a Covid-19 test 24 hours before the event to ensure the safety of those attending.

Face masks must be worn at all times and disposable cutlery and utensils must be used if food and drinks are served.

In Dubai, weddings of up to 200 people have been permitted but similar strict safety measures remain in place.

Guests should avoid shaking hands, kissing or hugging and instead employ "non-physical greetings".