The National Emergency Crisis and Disasters Management Authority (NCEMA) has just announced a set of rules to be followed in the UAE during Ramadan.
Ramadan is expected to begin on Monday April 12, but it will be confirmed by the UAE’s Moon Sighting Committee, agreed upon by the Abu Dhabi Judicial Department.
UAE Ramadan 2021 Rules and Restrictions
- For the health and safety of society, the government advising avoiding evening gatherings during Ramadan, limiting family visits. It also advises avoiding distributing and exchanging meals between homes and families. Only members of the same family living in the same house should share meals.
- Individuals should not create or build family or institutional iftar tents, share meals in public places or provide and distribute iftar meals in front of homes and mosques. Those interested in doing so should coordinate with charities, with donations and zakat done electronically.
- Restaurants are prohibited from distributing charitable iftar meals inside or in front of their premises, with the delivery of such meals limited to labour housing complexes via direct coordination with the management of labour housing in each region, taking social distancing into account.
- Tarawih prayers will be held according to COVID-19 precautionary measures, in addition to continuing the implementation of all preventive and precautionary measures while praying.
- Iftar meals are not allowed inside mosques, and the duration of the Isha and Tarawih prayers will be limited to 30 minutes maximum.
- Mosques will be closed immediately after prayer, while women’s prayer areas, other facilities, and external roads praying areas will remain closed.
- As for Qiyam-ul-layl during the last ten days of Ramadan, the status of the pandemic in the country will be continuously assessed, and measures will be updated in accordance with new developments.
- Religious lessons and meetings in mosques will remain suspended, with the option of virtual participation. The government encourages reading the Quran through smart devices, and electronic donations, donations and zakat.