Ramadan iftar tents are to make a return to the UAE for the first time since the pandemic began, authorities confirmed on Monday.

The National Emergency Crisis and Disaster Management Authority (NCEMA) confirmed tents would be permitted during Holy Month after being barred for the last two years due to COVID-19.

In a statement, the NCEMA confirmed that in line with the “sustainable recovery and the return of a new normal life”, Ramadan tents will be able to return this year.

However, ensuring the health and safety of the public, a number of guidelines have been put in place as precautionary measures which are as follows:

  • In order for tents to be set up, approval must be granted by Emirates Red Crescent.
  • A green pass on the Al Hosn app is required to enter tents.
  • It will be up to individual emirates’ authorities to determine capacity in tents.
  • Social distancing of one metre is required and masks need to be worn.
  • Disposable plates, cups, cutlery and table covers must be used and masks and disinfectant items must be provided.
  • Open-air tents need to be used.
  • Tents are permitted to open two hours prior to iftar.

The first day of Ramdan is expected to fall on April 2, 2022, as predicted by Ibrahim Al Jarwan, chairman of the Board of Directors of the Emirates Astronomy Society.

With Ramadan expected to last 30 days this year, it’s likely Eid Al Fitr will then begin on May 2, 2022, meaning UAE residents could be enjoying around a five-day break.

However, despite predictions, Ramadan and Eid Al Fitr dates are yet to be confirmed by UAE authorities.

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