His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum has officially pardoned 472 prisoners in Dubai ahead of the 49th National Day of the United Arab Emirates.
The Attorney General of Dubai Essam Issa Al Humaidan said: “The amnesty is consistent with the UAE’s principle of tolerance, which forms one of the firmly-established principles on which the Union was founded, and a guarantee that preserves society fabric, cohesion and solidarity.”
Abu Dhabi also pardoned 628 prisoners under the direction of President His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan.
The prisoners also had any outstanding debts and fines paid off, giving them the opportunity to start a new life.
Mosques re-open across UAE
The UAE Government has confirmed that mosques across the UAE will be able to re-open from December 4 for Friday prayers.
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.