Eid Al Adha is the second Eid (festival) that is celebrated by Muslims. On the occasion of Eid Al Adha, Muslims offer sacrifices instead of a month of fasting.
This Eid is observed and celebrated in the days of Hajj (pilgrimage), which are one of the greatest days of the year.
The day starts by offering the Eid Al Adha prayer. Once offered, people remain seated to attend the Sermon. After attending, they get up and greet each other with humble gestures: Shaking Hands and Cheek Kissing.
However, both of these gestures are now banned by the UAE government to help in stopping the spread of Coronavirus this Eid Al Adha.
There is a bunch of other rules that follow the same purpose. And you can read more of them down below.
However, places for entertainment are not closed, you can still have a pretty good time while following the rules.
Eid Al Adha: Six-Day Holiday!
The official Eid Al Adha Holidays are announced by the government, starting from (Today) Monday, July 19 to Thursday, July 22. In the Islamic Calendar, it marks from Zul Hijjah 9 to Zul Hijjah 12.
Just like in the Eid ul Fitr, the Eid al Adha has become a medium to extend the weekend.
Now the UAE populace is able to enjoy the six-day break on the occasion of Eid Al Adha & Yaum e Arafah (The Day of Arafah).
What is Eid Al Adha?
Eid Al Adha is one of the two occasions of collective celebration. Muslims make their sacrifices on this occasion, unlike the Eid al Fitr which is celebrated after Ramadan without offering similar sacrifices.
The word "Eid" means festival, and so Eid al Adha means the festival of sacrifice.
On both Eids, Muslims celebrate and express their joy by shaking hands and close contact.
The day begins with the prayer and after offering it, they remain seated to hear the Sermon and remain seated so when the Sermon ends.
After that, Muslims shake hands, cheek kissing, and close contact.
However, this time, close contact is one of the things that are banned in an attempt to minimize the spread of Coronavirus.
The Covid Safety Rules for Eid Al Adha Prayer in UAE:
People below age 12 and over 60 are advised to pray at home.
Covid-positive individuals are barred from entering the mosque.
Face masks are mandatory.
The social distancing of about 2 meters.
Stickers to indicate social distancing will be placed.
Close contacts are strictly forbidden such as handshakes and hugs.
People will need to bring their own prayer mats.
Visiting ‘crowdy’ areas such as washrooms and ablution areas is not allowed.
Worshippers are forbidden to gather before or stay after the prayer.
Doors of Mosques and Worship places will open 15 minutes before the prayer.
The maximum time for the post-prayer sermon is 15 minutes.
The mosque or Musallah will be closed right after the prayer.
Sports and big events are allowed only at a condition where all are vaccinated.
The maximum number of a large audience that can gather for large public events is 1,500 for indoor events and 2,500 for outdoor events.
Live entertainment and activities are permitted for one month.
The maximum limit for the number of people at a wedding is 100.
Weddings held at home can allow 30 guests AT MAX.
A group of 10 can gather at a table at a restaurant.
A group of 6 can gather at a cafe.
Women's prayer rooms in mosques have re-opened.
Places to Visit in Dubai During Eid al Adha!
If you are looking to celebrate Eid Al Adha, then one of the amazing things that you can do is go out with your family and friends!
Now there may be plenty of places to go out and enjoy your Holiday Week, we are going to mention 3 of them down below.
IMG Worlds of Adventure.
Are you the type that smiles ear to ear when Indoor Games are mentioned?
Well, IMG worlds of adventure will turn out to be a hot spot for you then!
Make this Eid Al Adha special by visiting the world's largest theme park that is filled with characters that you will be able to identify from your childhood memories of Cartoon Network, Marvel Comics. And not only that, but you get the characters from the Dinosaur World, and IMG Boulevard as well!
Dubai Parks & Resorts.
Dubai Parks & Resorts sits at about 3 million square feet. These 3 million square feet are divided into three parks, Motiongate Dubai, Bollywood Parks Dubai, and Legoland Dubai.
Parks let you relax your mind and refresh yourself in the greenery and blowing winds!
So if you are trying to restore your peace of mind and bring some freshness into your routine to the weekend, then go out to Dubai Parks & Resorts.
Suggested: More Places To Visit in UAE.
JA Shooting Club's Paintball Arena.
How about a colorful Eid al Adha? Try some colors this Eid!
If you are looking to get colorful this occasion, then JA Shotting Club's Paintball Arena is one of them.
Grab a partner, get the helmet on, and start the paintball competition!
You can ring them on 050 651 4583.
A Little Recap:
Eid Al Adha is one of the two festivals that Muslims celebrate by offering sacrifice.
The day begins by offering the prayer and attending the Sermon after that.
Once the Sermon ends, Muslims cheek kiss and shake hands to display happiness & celebrate.
However, close contact is one of the things that the UAE government has banned on the occasion to control the spread of COVID.
There is a list of rules to follow this Eid al Adha when offering prayer and leaving or approaching the mosque & Musallah.
While there are some rules to follow, you can still go out and enjoy your time in UAE.
You can consider visiting IMG worlds of Adventure, Dubai Parks & Resorts, and JA Shooting Club's Paintball Arena.
These are 3 of the many places that you can visit in Dubai this Eid Al Adha, you can check more of them out by clicking on the links attached.