766 mosques to host Friday prayers in Dubai
766 mosques to host Friday prayers in Dubai

With all mosques in the UAE ready to resume Friday prayers at 30 percent from December 4, Dubai has set aside an additional 60 mosques to host worshipers.


The decision came after the authorities put in place a set of procedures that worshipers must follow.

The Department of Islamic Affairs and Charitable Activities in Dubai announced, on Monday, that it will reopen 766 mosques for Friday prayers, in line with directives issued by the Supreme Committee for Crisis and Disaster Management in Dubai. The decision came after putting in place a set of procedures that the worshipers should follow.

The suspension of Friday prayers and their sermons has been lifted from 766 mosques in Dubai, which will now follow strict safety precautions from the Covid virus, such as ensuring that worshipers adhere to social distancing, hygiene measures and wearing masks.

Dr. Hamad Al Sheikh Ahmed Al Shaibani, Director General of the Department, said, "In order to accommodate more worshipers, we also allowed Friday prayers to be held in 60 other mosques that were previously reserved only for the five daily prayers."

He stressed that the department worked to update the list of precautionary measures.

Dr. Hamid added that the Friday sermon and the combined prayer should not exceed 10 minutes, as the UAE authorities confirmed last week.

He explained that "mosque workers and volunteers will be stationed in different mosques to organize the entry and exit of worshipers," adding that all worshipers must wear face masks and bring their own prayer rugs, which must not be left inside or shared with mosques. Others.

If the space inside the mosque becomes full, volunteers will direct worshipers to use the mosque's outer courtyards like the outdoor ones. Ensure a distance of two meters between worshipers.

The department stressed the need to follow safety instructions for prayer, which include preventing the distribution of food and water in mosques.

Controls for the congregation

On November 24, Dr. Saif Al Dhaheri, spokesperson for the National Emergency Crisis and Disaster Management Authority (NCEMA), announced that mosques across the Emirates would open their doors to worshipers 30 minutes before Friday prayers and would close after 30 minutes. This announcement came during a media briefing held by the United Arab Emirates government to review the latest developments regarding the Coronavirus epidemic.

Among the safety guidelines for worshipers, Dr. Al Dhaheri said that worshipers are required to wear masks at all times during Friday prayers, keep a distance of two meters and carry their prayer rug.

Bathrooms, ablution areas, and women's prayer halls in mosques will remain closed.

The authorities also urged the elderly, children and those suffering from chronic diseases as well as those with weak immunity to pray from home. Mosques located in industrial areas will remain closed until further notice.