Mosques in Dubai set to re-open for Friday prayers
Mosques in Dubai set to re-open for Friday prayers

Mosques across UAE set to re-open for Friday prayers

The UAE Government has confirmed that mosques in Dubai will be able to re-open from December 4 for Friday prayers.

The National Emergency Crisis and Disaster Management Authority also announced a series of measures to help stop the spread of Coronavirus.

The Friday prayer speech must not last longer than 10 minutes.
Mosques must operate at 30% capacity.
All worshippers must wear a mask and bring their own prayer mat.
Ablution must also be performed at home.

Dr Saif Al Dhaheri, Spokesperson of the NCEMA, said that mosques across the UAE will reopen for worshipers 30 minutes before the Friday prayer. They will then close 30 minutes later.

“Worshipers should also avoid touching surfaces and door handles. They have to adhere to and maintain clear spacing signs to avoid any possible crowding”, he said.

Dates predicted for Ramadan 2021

A UAE astronomer has predicted the dates for Ramadan and Eid-al Fitr for 2021 based on astronomical calculations.

Ebrahim Al Jarwan heads up the Sharjah Planetarium and is a leading member of the Arab Union for Astronomy and Space Sciences.

And he predicts that Ramadan will fall on Tuesday April 13.

Al Jarwan told the Gulf News “We will be able to be see the crescent moon the next day, although with some difficulty, on the evening of April 13, which signifies the start of Ramadan 2021.”

Eid-al Fitr is then expected to fall on Tuesday May 11 but it could be as late as Thursday May 13.