UAE has announced Covid safety protocols ahead of holy month of Ramadan.
The protocol states that the distance of one meter between worshipers will remain in effect, while allowing Tarawih prayers to be held throughout the entirety of the Holy Month, and Tahajjud prayers in the last ten days of Ramadan while following certain regulations.
The time between Azan (first call for prayer) and Iqamah (second call) for the Isha prayer will be 20 minutes.
The total duration to perform the Isha and the Taraweeh prayers at mosques has been capped at 45 minutes.
The Taraweeh prayer will begin immediately after the post-Isha voluntary prayer is performed.
The duration of Tahajjud prayers has been capped at 45 minutes.
Women’s prayer halls will remain open during Taraweeh and Tahajjud prayers.
Copies of the Quran may be stocked at mosques, provided they are sterilised after each use.
NCEMA also said worshippers can pray in a straight line again rather than the ziz-zag format introduced during the pandemic, meaning more can attend the mosque.
Another key point of the UAE Ramadan 2022 COVID regulations include volunteers must be present to monitor all precautionary measures in prayer halls, “such as wearing masks, commitment to using personal or single-use prayer mats, and adhering to previously announced measures”.