Ramadan 2021: Public Gatherings For Iftar And Suhour Forbidden In The UAE

by Yogita Chainani
Ramadan 2021: Public Gatherings For Iftar And Suhour Forbidden In The UAE

Ramadan is just a month away, and the National Emergency Crisis and Disasters Management Authority (NCEMA) has announced a new set of rules that one needs to follow this year during Ramadan. The authorities took to Twitter to announce the new set of rules. Read on to know what the new rules are.

UAE Announces Rules For Iftar, Mosques And Family Gatherings

The authorities advise citizens to avoid public gatherings during Ramadan. It further advises limiting family visits and avoid distributing and exchanging meals between homes and families. Besides this, iftar tents in public are banned this year.

Guidelines For Iftar And Public Gatherings

One cannot distribute iftar meals in front of homes and mosques, and those who wish to do so must go through charitable organizations. For donations and charity- they must be made online and not in person. Restaurants cannot distribute iftar meals for those fasting inside or in front of the restaurants. Gatherings for iftar and suhoor are limited to members in the same household. The National Emergency Crisis and Disaster Management Authority (NCEMA) are also urging people to use social media and digital platforms to communicate.

Guidelines For Mosques And Prayers

The authorities also stated that the mosques would be closed after prayer time. And women’s prayer areas, service and health facilities will remain close. For the Tarawih prayers, they too will be held keeping the covid-19 guidelines in mind. Prayers must be limited to no more than 30 minutes. Additionally, no iftar meals will be allowed in the mosques.

Religious lessons and seminars in mosques will remain suspended. However, authorities stated that one could participate in the lectures and lessons online. It’s also advised the use of electronic devices when reading the Holy Quran. In the tweet, they also urged senior citizens and people with chronic diseases to avoid gatherings of any kind to ensure their safety.

Legal Action To Be Taken Against The Violators

The authority also requests the public to cooperate and follow all the guidelines. For people, who tend to break the rules, legal charges will be pressed against them.

The NCEMA ended the series of tweets stating, ‘We affirm that all measures announced in the current national protocol are subject to modification based on the global and local health situation.’