UAE residents get ready for safe Ramadan
As Muslims around the world prepare to mark the second socially distanced Ramadan amid Covid-19 this year, UAE residents have already begun preparations in line with safety rules. With the holy month set to begin in weeks, authorities across the UAE have issued several regulations so residents stay safe from the virus. Unlike last year when residents had to spend Ramadan inside their homes, mosques will remain open this time and will host the special Taraweeh prayers.
Gatherings, particularly for Iftar, remain strictly prohibited. In Dubai, the Islamic Affairs and Charitable Activities Department (IACAD) has already cancelled all permits for Ramadan tents. For residents, getting ready for the holy month under such circumstances wouldn’t take much of an adjustment because, as they said, they have already “gotten used to the new normal”. Since many citizens and expatriates continue to work from home, Ramadan traditions such as Iftar and Suhoor have become an intimate family affair.