Mosques to switch on ACs from 11am

ABU DHABI — Mosques across the country have been advised to switch on air-conditioners (ACs) from 11am every day except on Fridays, when ACs should be used from 9am onwards.

By Adel Arafah

Published: Wed 16 May 2007, 8:51 AM

Last updated: Sun 5 Apr 2015, 4:24 AM

An order to this effect was issued by the General Authority for Islamic Affairs and Auqaf (Endowments) in Abu Dhabi yesterday.

The order aims to protect worshippers from excessive heat, said Dr Mohammed Mattar Al Kaabi, Director-General of the Authority. It is also designed to save electricity as it is mandatory for all mosques to switch off ACs and lights after offering Fajr (dawn) prayers, he said.

Meanwhile, Dr Hamdan Al Mazroui, Chairman of the Authority, held the monthly meeting with directors of the departments and offices of the authority nationwide and called them to modify the action plans in accordance with the new federal government strategy.

The meeting also discussed the draft law on Haj and Umrah package tours, rules and regulations governing licence fees and fines imposed on Haj contractors who flout rules.

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