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UAE Ramadan Covid rules: Taraweeh to resume; avoid Iftar gatherings

Abu Dhabi - Full list of Covid guidelines announced.

KT file photo by Shihab
KT file photo by Shihab

Ismail Sebugwaawo

Published: Tue 16 Mar 2021, 6:48 PM

Last updated: Wed 17 Mar 2021, 9:53 AM

With the holy month of Ramadan less than one month away, authorities in the UAE have specified multiple Covid safety measures. The aim is to avoid any gatherings that may lead to the spread of the virus.

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Dr. Seif Al Dhaheri, spokesperson for the National Emergency Crisis and Disaster Management Authority (NCEMA), announced the guidelines.

>> Taraweeh prayers: The special prayers offered during the holy month will be hosted in mosques across the country. The maximum duration of the Taraweeh and Isha prayer that precedes it has been capped at 30 minutes.

>> Avoid family and friends gatherings, especially during Iftar.

>> Avoid distributing and exchanging meals between homes and families.

>> Only members of the same family living in the same house can share meals.

>> Iftar tents - whether family or institutional - are banned.

>> Iftar meals will not be allowed inside mosques.

>> Restaurants are prohibited from distributing Iftar meals inside or in front of their premises.

>> Distribution of the Iftar meals is limited to labour housing complexes via direct coordination with the management. Strict social distancing must be ensured.

According to authorities, all these measures announced are subject to change based on the global and local health situation.

The elderly and people with chronic diseases have been urged to avoid gatherings of any kind, in order to ensure their safety.

Authorities urged people to adhere to the Covid-19 measures, warning that intensive inspection campaigns will be carried out during the holy month, and that legal action will be taken against all the violators.


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