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Eid Al Fitr 2020: UAE residents fight Covid-19 with 'No Visit for Eid' signs

Ahmed Shaaban /Ras Al Khaimah Filed on May 23, 2020
Eid Al Fitr 2020, UAE residents, Covid-19, Eid

"Better and safer to enjoy Eid Al Fitr home," some signs read.

As the UAE authorities have warned against gatherings this Eid Al Fitr, families in Ras Al Khaimah have shown commitment by putting up 'No Visit in Eid' signs on their house doors and gates.  

"Having a sign that says 'We do wish to have you, but we are deeply sorry given the current health challenges' is the best way to remain safe," said Adel Ali, a Syrian citizen. 

One sign reads: "Dear guests; we are sorry for not being able to receive well-wishers in Eid Al Fitr for the safety and wellbeing of our family; yet, you can call, and this my phone number." 

Others have messages like "Better and safer to enjoy Eid Al Fitr home" said Mustafa Saleh, an Emirati national. 

"Visits from families and friends may have been one of the reasons why there were more Covid-19 patients through Ramadan," he added. 

Mohamed Ibrahim, another Emirati, said sticking such signs on doors was a much-needed precautionary measure, but "it does not mean we cannot celebrate and enjoy the happy feast".

"Still, we can exchange Eid wishes in so many ways, like phones, SMS, and social media network," he said. 

Communication is no longer an issue these days, according to Ali Saeed, also an Emirati. 

"We can see and talk to each other via several video conference smart apps which are accessible to anyone," he said. 

Aya Hamed, an Iraqi expat, said having invited a beauty salon staff home got her mother and two daughters infected with Covid. Now, she said she's not taking any risk. 

"No visits at all is the only way out," she said. 

Ashraf Kamal, an Egyptian citizen, advised: "We should be aware enough of the serious situation and care for each other these days."



Ahmed Shaaban

Originally from Egypt, I am a sound professional with a 23-year diverse experience as a researcher, lecturer, instructor, reporter, journalist, copy writer, translator, interpreter, proofreader, correspondent, and voice-over specialist with so many public and private entities in USA, UAE and Egypt. I have full command of all English and Arabic languages skills. I have a “Doctorate of Business Administration” degree, Swiss Business School. I have two Master’s degrees; one in Media Sciences, Mass Communication College, Cairo University, 2014, and one in Applied Business Research, Swiss Business School, 2018. I have a bachelor’s degree in English Language and Translation, Al-Alsun College for Languages & Translation, Ain Shams University, Egypt, 1996. I have three post graduate diplomas in Education, Curricula and Instruction, and Islamic Studies. I enjoy reading, writing and adventuring.

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