They will be closed on the morning of July 20 to curb the spread of Covid-19.
Khaleej Times learned that during Eid al-Adha, the women’s prayer hall and Dubai’s mosque will remain closed.
In response to Khaleej Times’ request for clarification on whether women can pray in Dubai’s mosques and Eid al-Fitr, the Ministry of Islamic Affairs and Charitable Activities (IACAD) said: “After verification with the relevant media department of the department, Eid al-Fitr and the prayer hall will be held in Eid al-Fitr. It is closed to women during the festival.”
Although the women’s prayer halls in Dubai Mosques are now open, the authorities have confirmed that they will be closed on the morning of July 20 for Eid al-Fitr prayers as a Covid safety measure.
Mosques across the country will host Eid al-Adha prayers and adopt strict Covid security measures. The National Emergency Crisis and Disaster Management Agency (NCEMA) has announced several Covid safety measures that worshippers must abide by when conducting Eid al-Fitr prayers. These measures will be carried out in a way that distances themselves from society.
This is the second Eid al-Fitr, mosques and open spaces called musallahs can hold special prayers after sunrise.
Follow the rules
To ensure that Eid al-Fitr and the prayer hall are not crowded, the UAE authorities have restricted the time for sermons after Eid al-Fitr prayer to a maximum of 15 minutes. The doors of Muslims and mosques will be opened 15 minutes before prayers, and worshippers will be asked to leave the venue immediately after prayers. Toilets and bathing areas will remain closed.
The traditional practice of shaking hands and hugging after prayers is prohibited, and worshipers are not allowed to gather in places of worship before and after prayers.
All prayers must bring their own prayer mats. Anyone who is in close contact with Covid-positive patients is strictly prohibited from participating in the prayers.
It is recommended for people under 12 and over 60 to pray at home.