New rules as Dubai readies to reopen mosques


DUBAI – In preparation for the reopening of mosques in Dubai, the Islamic Affairs and Charitable Activities Department (IACAD) has issued a circular on new guidelines for mosque goers.

An opening date for mosques has yet to be announced. Mosques and other places of worship in the UAE were closed on March 16 as a precaution against the spread of coronavirus.

On Saturday (May 30), some mosques have put up posters with detailed guidelines from IACAD on the reopening of mosques amid safety precautions.

Here are the new rules:

No entry for the following

– children below 12 years old
– anyone above the age of 60
– anyone in contact with Covid-19 patients
– anyone with weak immunity or chronic disease


– Wear gloves and mask
– Bring own prayer mat
– Leave an empty row gap between every two rows
– Leave 1.5m gap between every two people
– Leave mosque immediately after obligatory prayer


– Leave face masks and gloves at mosque entrance
– Distribute food or other items
– Offer handshakes
– Assemble before or after payer
– Stay for second Jamaah (congregation)
– Pray alone after Fard prayer

Rules for mosque prayers

– Masjid to remain open for 20 minutes from Azan until obligatory prayer
– Mosque doors to remain open from Azan until end of prayer

Closed until further notice

– Ladies prayer halls
– Bathrooms
– Ablution areas

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