Alcohol will not be served and live music will not be played across restaurants and hotels in Dubai on Friday night and Saturday, as the UAE marks Arafat Day, the second day of the Hajj pilgrimage.
The dry period will start at 6.30pm on Friday and end at 7.30pm on Saturday, according to Dubai Tourism circular sent to hotels, restaurants and tourism and events companies.
Eid Al Adha holidays for the public and private sector will comprise four days starting from Saturday, August 10 to Tuesday, August 13.
Also known as the festival of the sacrifice, Eid Al Adha is one of two Islamic holidays celebrated each year, with the other one being Eid Al Fitr.
Earlier this week, UAE President Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan ordered the release of 669 prisoners serving various sentences on occasion of Eid Al Adha.
He pledged to settle the prisoners’ financial debts in line with the Islamic holiday expected to take place on Sunday, August 11 according to Saudi Arabia’s Supreme Court.
The move is a bid to provide the prisoners with “the chance to start a new life” and aims to “reduce the suffering of their families”, according to state news agency WAM.
Chairman of New Dubai Properties Ahmad Al Abdulla also donated a sum that will cover “a large portion of claims” issued by the Rental Disputes Centre (RDC) against 22 detainees of various nationalities.
He collaborated with the Dubai Land Department (DLD) on the prisoners’ release as part of the Dubai charity initiative ‘Eid in Your Home’ which stands in line with the UAE Year of Tolerance.For all the latest travel news from the UAE and Gulf countries, follow us on Twitter and Linkedin, like us on Facebook and subscribe to our YouTube page, which is updated daily.
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