People throng parks and beaches

DUBAI — Eid Al Fitr was celebrated with religious fervour in the UAE yesterday.

By Riyasbabu

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Published: Fri 4 Nov 2005, 10:59 AM

Last updated: Thu 2 Apr 2015, 8:34 PM

The faithful could be seen moving en mass in the morning to different mosques in various parts of the country where they offered Eid prayers. After the prayers they exchanged greetings with friends and relatives.

Most of the residents in Dubai and Sharjah spent their time at home in the morning, preparing Eid specialities, and elders giving gifts to the younger members of the family. In the afternoon, families including children and women thronged parks, beaches and other picnic spots to celebrate the festival.

Most of the parks and beaches in the emirates were crowded with people who were in a festive spirit. Restaurants did brisk business and were packed with people. Various entertainment programmes conducted by socio-cultural organisations in connection with the festival attracted several residents including expatriates.

Inter-emirate traffic was high and most of the roads experienced traffic jams. The pleasant weather for most part of the day also encouraged residents to come out to celebrate Eid in open air.

"This is an auspicious occasion for us to celebrate after the holy month of Ramadan of fasting and sacrificing. We cooked food at home and came to this park to eat in open air. We also give gifts to the children," said Hiba, an Egyptian national and resident of Dubai. Families prepared barbecue chicken and brought it to the park to eat with friends and relatives.

Several residents of Sharjah were stuck in traffic jams on the way to Dubai to meet their friends and relatives. "Even during Eid, traffic jams haunt us. We can't move freely to reach our friends and relatives. We lost a lot of time on the road for nothing," complained a resident. For children, Eid was a day full of gifts and fun. "I am very happy because my parents bought me new clothes, toys and other gifts. They brought me to the park and I had a great time," said seven-year-old Mushtaq from Pakistan.

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