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Friday mosque prayers in UAE to resume on December 4


DUBAI – Friday prayers can be held at mosques across the UAE starting on December 4, the National Emergency Crisis and Disaster Management Authority (NCEMA) announced on Tuesday (November 24).

On July 1, the UAE allowed mosques to reopen at 30 percent capacity, but Friday prayers remained suspended as part of precautionary measures against Covid-19.

Authorities said that Friday prayers may resume but mosques must only accommodate 30 percent of their capacity for the prayers.

Friday prayers and sermon will take only 10 minutes, with mosques to open 30 minutes before the sermon (khutbah) and close 30 minutes after the prayer.

For all other prayers, mosques in the UAE will open 15 minutes before prayer time, except for Maghrib, when mosques can open five minutes before prayer time. All mosques will close 10 minutes after the prayers.

Worshippers are required to wear face masks and bring their own prayer mats. Ablution facilities and washrooms at mosques will remain closed. ICA/Expat Media

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