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Eid Al Adha in the UAE: What are the Covid Rules?

Stay safe and avoid incurring fines in the UAE by keeping up to date with the latest Covid-19 rules for Eid Al Adha 2021 in the UAE

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14 July 2021

Last updated on 15 July 2021
Eid Al Adha Covid-19 rules in the UAE 2021

Both the public and private sector in the UAE are in for a long weekend this July.

With the Eid holidays approaching, many residents may want to go outdoors, or to spend time with friends and loved ones.

This can heighten the risk of Covid-19 spreading, thus there are some guidelines you must follow during the Eid Al Adha holidays to help protect yourself and everyone around you.

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UAE officials have issued the following Covid-19 safety guidelines that must be adhered to by expat residents during the Eid Al Adha 2021 public holiday.

Eid Al Adha 2021 guidelines in the UAE

Eid Al Adha celebrations

  • Eid Al Adha sacrifices and Eid money can be made through smart apps in Dubai.
  • Worshippers should avoid "all types of gatherings and shaking hands" before prayers.
  • Eid gatherings should be limited to the same people living together within the same household, and first-degree relatives.
  • Physical distancing must be followed when sitting near the elderly or with those suffering from chronic diseases.
  • Masks must be worn.

Prayer and mosques in the UAE

Mosques in the UAE will be allowed to host Eid Al Adha prayers, but are required to follow precautions to help curb the spread of Covid-19, according to UAE officials.

  • Mosques will open 15 minutes prior to the start of prayers.
  • Worshippers must bring their own prayer mat to mosques.
  • Prayers will be limited to 15 minutes, which also includes the sermon.
  • Prayers must be held within mosques and the outdoors. People must sit according to the physical distancing markers.
  • All mosques must shut immediately after prayers are done.
  • No prayers will be held at mosques and prayer areas on outer roads and petrol stations.
  • Anyone living with someone who is infected with Covid-19, or has been in contact with a confirmed case, are strictly prohibited from attending prayers.
  • Elderly residents, kids under 12 years old, and anyone suffering from chronic diseases are strongly advised to avoid going for Eid prayers.

All expat residents and Emiratis are urged to follow these precautionary measures during the long Eid weekend.

According to UAE officials, after Eid Al Adha in 2020, "the average daily ratio of Covid-19 infections amounted to more than 1,400 cases, which is equivalent to an increase of over 500 per cent".

They've added that after the previous three public holidays in the country, there was a significant increase in the number of coronavirus infections and deaths.