A time to celebrate family values in Al Ain.
Mona Al Badawi, Staff Reporter
Eid Al Adha celebrations continued for the second day in a row in the city of Al Ain. The city’s residents and visitors flocked to recreational parks and shopping centres, where they enjoyed various activities and shopping amid the commitment to the preventive measures against COVID-19.
The public parks, Al Mubarrazah area, Jebel Hafeet, and other tourist and recreational sites in the city attracted a large number of residents and visitors to enjoy the atmosphere of Eid.
The Arabic-English-Urdu information signs installed at the entrances to parks, recreational parks and commercial centres, aimed at educating visitors about the safety protocols. The visitors showed a full commitment to the instructions issued by the concerned authorities.
Teams of Al Ain City Municipality have been deployed in the parks to ensure that the public adhered to preventive and precautionary measures.
Furthermore, the companies undertaking cleaning work in the city and the intensification of their activities during the days of Eid contributed to maintaining the cleanliness of the city.
An earlier report said Al Ain Zoo has announced its timings during Eid Al Adha for families, tourists and wildlife lovers from 9:00 am till 8:00 pm, from July 19th till July 22nd.
The zoo features the thrilling experience of witnessing the feeding of the world’s dangerous predators like African lions and crocodiles, the unique Hippo and Crocodile Exhibit, the House of Big Cats and many other adventurous areas.
In addition, visitors get an inside look at the lives of animals by watching the training and rehabilitation programmes of monkeys and listening to the stories of the zookeepers who will be sharing their experiences and the secret lives of lions, lemurs, chimpanzees, Asian and African animals and reptiles.
The Sheikh Zayed Desert Learning Centre, also open daily throughout Eid, provides a wide range of entertaining and culture-rich experiences for the whole family, including activities like colouring pottery, and making animal face-masks at the Village of Clay, puppet theatre, and traditional crafts. Visitors can enrol in the Desert Programme to learn more about camels, desert owls, the traditions and protocols of Arab hospitality and coffee making, in addition to the environmental need to recycle plastics.
During the Eid Al Adha holiday, from 9:00 to 21:00, visitors will be able to enjoy shows by Asian folkloric groups such as the Punjabi and Chinese bands, which will be touring the zoo with musical performances, traditional dances, cartoon characters and entertainment activities.
Muslims around the world are celebrating the Eid Al Adha religious holiday, which in Arabic literally means the "festival of the sacrifice" and marks the end of Hajj, the five-day pilgrimage Muslims undertake to cleanse the soul of sins and instil a sense of equality and brotherhood among them.
Masked and socially distanced to fight the coronavirus, Muslims around the world held prayers on Friday to mark the festival of Eid Al Adha, with mosques at reduced capacity and some praying in the open air.
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