UAE mosques resume Friday prayers with COVID-19 precautions
Friday prayers are all set to resume in mosques across the UAE today, in line with the directives of the National Emergency Crisis and Disaster Management Authority (NCEMA).
Dr Saif Al Dhaheri, spokesperson of the NCEMA, said on November 24 that mosques will reopen for worshippers 30 minutes before the Friday prayers and will close 30 minutes later.
“Friday’s sermons together with the prayers should not exceed 10 minutes; mosque workers and volunteers will organise the entry and exit of worshippers,” Al Dhaheri had said, adding that all worshipers must wear face masks and bring their own prayer rugs, which must not be left inside the mosques or shared with others.
“Worshippers should also avoid touching surfaces and door handles. They have to adhere to and maintain clear spacing signs to avoid any possible crowding,” the official had said. “Worshippers who wish to read the Holy Quran are advised to do so through their personal Quran or smart phones. They are also advised to download COVID-19-related apps and activate them when attending prayers,” Al Dhaheri clarified.