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Abu Dhabi hotels told to turn off music during prayer

Abu Dhabi Tourism and Culture Authority reportedly requested all music be stopped during call to prayer

Abu Dhabi hotels told to turn off music during prayer
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Hotels in Abu Dhabi have been told to shutoff music during Islamic prayer times, apparently because of complaints from the public.

The Abu Dhabi Tourism and Culture Authority has asked all hotels in the emirate to stop both recorded and live music in public areas during the call to prayer, according to The National.

The request will particularly impact on evening dining times as well as Friday brunch.

Abu Dhabi, the UAE capital, is regarded as more conservative than its cosmopolitan neighbour, Dubai, which is more frequented by Western travellers unaccustomed to the Islamic call to prayer.

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Myname 6 years ago

Make sense even all FM Radios should be silent.

Proud to be Muslim 6 years ago

This should not called "conservative", this is a respect to Muslim people feeling.
Since UAE is a Muslim country everyone on its land should respect the local religion, custom and tradition.

same as they announce the "call of prayer" inside the shopping malls, other street restaurants/shops should stop the music.

Mark Renton 6 years ago

Perhaps it's clearer in the Arabic media, but in the English reporting both turning music off and reducing the volume are mentioned. It also states that this should happen in "public areas" - presumably this is referring to lobby lounges rather than enclosed bars, which would make sense because of course the devout would not be in a bar at prayer time. Or any other time for that matter......