Worshippers exchange Eid greetings after the prayer in Dubai.
Syed Shayaan Bakht, Staff Reporter
Eid Al Fitr celebrations in the UAE began with pomp and gaiety on Monday two years after COVID-19 restrictions cast shadows over the festival’s mass gatherings and family reunions.
This year, smell of freshly baked cookies and traditional sweets filled the air in emirates as residents greeted neighbours with the easing of coronavirus restrictions.
The faithful performed special Eid prayers in their respective mosques as the government had already issued directives on worshippers keeping a distance between themselves during prayers and urged them to refraining from hugs and kisses.
Some residents told Gulf Today, that since the pandemic last year, the true happiness of celebrating Eid was missing, but this with easing of restrictions; it somehow brought back the pre-pandemic Eid joy.
Community members have hailed the UAE government for taking all the measures to protect its members.
Children in new dresses visited relatives and loved ones following the virus protocols laid down by the authorities.
A Bangladesh resident, Mohammed Farouk told Gulf Today that, “The longing for Eid celebration in a normal way has finally been relieved today although the pandemic has not yet ended. But still it is better than last year.”
The UAE has decorated its streets and monuments for Eid.
The national capital Abu Dhabi has been glittering in night with Eid decors.
Many in Sharjah flocked to shopping centers to buy clothes, shoes and sweets before the holiday.
Indonesians in Dubai and the Northern Emirates are looking at spending time with their countrymen at the Consulate General of the Republic of Indonesian in Al Hudaiba, Dubai this first day of the Eid Al Fitr.
From dazzling fireworks to fun-filled family entertainment and Meraas Eidiya Gift Card giveaways, Eid Al Fitr was a truly special occasion across Meraas destinations this year.
With the starting of the Eid Al Fitr holidays, residents visit malls and enjoy an array of activities as well as win big prizes.
The UAE government affirmed that the UAE citizens have priority in being appointed to any of the vacant jobs in the federal authorities, adding that non-nationals can be appointed in case the citizen does not meet the conditions and requirements of the job.
The Iranian Jamaran news website identified the boy as 9-year-old Morteza Delf Zaregani. They spoke to the father who accused the police of not issuing any warning before shooting.
The UAE Government stated that a resident can obtain a residence visa for his wife and children, after submitting the marriage contract which must be certified in Arabic or translated into Arabic by a sworn and certified translator.