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Dubai Police are ramping up their patrols and drones over Eid Al Adha to ensure people stay safe during the celebrations.

There will be extra marine units patrolling the beaches which are expected to be busier than normal this weekend. And Sharjah Police have also added 180 extra traffic patrol units.

The officers will be looking to see that social distancing measures are in action. And that all residents are wearing masks at all times.

While fines are a possibility, the police are focussed more on prevention.

“Our officers always start by explaining safety rules to people and talking about the importance of adhering to them,” said Lt Col Ali Al Naqbi, director of Maritime Rescue at Dubai Police.

“They even give away masks and gloves for those who are found without ones, and talk to those found gathering in large groups.”

Dubai beach patrols

Extra Dubai Police patrols will be held across the Eid Al Adha weekend on Kite Beach, Al Hamriya Beach, Al Mamzar Beach, Sunset Beach and Jumeirah Beach.

“Many people are expected to come to these locations and families are likely to bring their caravans. Therefore we will increase beach security, quad bikes, jet skis and cycling patrols and also provide lifeguards and rescuers,” he said.

And drones will be used to identify residents found repeatedly breaking the rules.

“Fines will only be handed out to those who insist on breaking rules despite warnings and officers’ advice,” he said.

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