Dubai's ruler releases 520 prisoners ahead of Eid Al Adha
Dubai's ruler releases 520 prisoners ahead of Eid Al Adha

Dubai’s ruler releases 520 prisoners ahead of Eid Al Adha

Dubai’s ruler Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid has officially pardoned more than 500 prisoners ahead of Eid Al Adha.

Prisoners are often given pardons ahead of religious festivals including Ramadan and Eid Al Adha. And this year, Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid, Vice President and Ruler of Dubai, said 520 inmates from a range of different countries were now free men.

Writing on his website, he said he hoped the move would bring ‘happiness to their families and give them an opportunity to start a new life and reintegrate themselves into society.’

Prisoners who are released often have committed minor offences and financial crimes. Or they’ve shown good behaviour through their sentence.

Earlier this week, President Sheikh Khalifa pardoned 855 prisoners ahead of the Eid holidays.

You can now make Eid Al Adha sacrifices via app

The world is a fast-moving place and for proof look no further than Dubai where you can now order your Eid Al Adha sacrifice by app.

The Eid Sacrifice – Udhiyah app has now been launched in Dubai. And it means you can make your order and maintain social distancing.

“This eliminates the need for them to physically visit charity centres, thereby maintaining safety and security through social distancing,” Wesam Lootah, chief executive of Smart Dubai said.

There are plenty of options. You can make donations for a whole sacrificial sheep or just a quarter. A whole sheep costs AED780.

Sacrifices are a large part of the Eid Al Adha festival which starts next week on July 20.

The meat is traditionally shared between family, friends and the underprivileged.

You can find the details as part of the DubaiNow app.