An uneasy calm is prevailing in Indian-administered Kashmir as people celebrate a major Islamic festival during an unprecedented crackdown after India moved to strip the region of its
Their Highnesses the Members of the Supreme Council, the Rulers of the Emirates have conveyed their sincere greetings on Eid Al Adha to President His Highness Sheikh Khalifa Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, wishing him good health and further prosperity and glory to UAE people.
The UAE is known for its diversity. People from all across the world belonging to different beliefs live here in peace and love. They are free to celebrate their religious and traditional festivals all across the Emirates,
The gesture is part of President Khalifa's keenness to provide prisoners with an opportunity to start a new life and alleviate their families hardships.
The Eid Al Adha holiday for ministries and federal bodies will begin on Thursday, 30th July (Day of Arafat), and will end on Sunday, 2nd August, the Federal Authority for Government Human Resources announced on Wednesday.
His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed also pledged to settle the financial obligations of the released prisoners.
His Highness Sheikh Dr. Sultan bin Muhammad Al Qasimi, Supreme Council Member and Ruler of Sharjah has ordered the release of 283 prisoners from punitive and reformative institutions.
Government social-distancing restrictions this year including half-day closing have seen a drop in customers at the normally bustling markets which, like in other Muslim countries, are set up in urban centres ahead of one of Islam's most important festivals.
Health experts have been concerned about the risks of the coronavirus being spread during religious festivals in the world's biggest Muslim-majority country when people typically gather in mosques and homes or travel to their home towns.
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.