Veterinarians are called in to inspect sheep at a slaughterhouse ahead of one of Dubai’s major Islamic holidays, where the municipality encourages residents to use smart apps to sort slaughtered animals.
Muslims during Eid Al-Adha, which is celebrated in July this year to mark the end of the hajj pilgrimage season, traditionally buy a whole sheep to slaughter and distribute to friends, family and the poor.
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However, demand is year-round in the Muslim emirate, with workers wearing masks at the slaughterhouse in the al-Qouz industrial area, one of many in Dubai, cutting and cleaning meat for delivery or pick-up. .
To avoid overcrowding at facilities during Eid, Dubai officials have urged people to use smart apps to place their orders as the emirate witnesses a new wave of coronavirus infections.
Through the apps, residents can place their orders for the sacrifice, receive them, or even distribute them to local charities.
While these apps are not widely available in Muslim countries, they have been used in some countries like Pakistan.
Dubai, one of seven members of the United Arab Emirates, has seven apps, officials said.
Ali al-Hamadi, director of public health services at the Dubai Municipality, said deliveries through the apps take place “within an hour or two, saving people time and energy.”
“In the last two years, due to COVID-19, many have turned to the use of smart apps, as precautionary measures are still needed and we have to take that into account,” he told AFP.
Fayez al-Badr, in charge of one of Dubai’s smart apps, said customers can “ask for the type of slaughter, its age and they can, through the app, pay and receive it in a refrigerated van.”
The United Arab Emirates warned earlier this month that people must follow its anti-COVID measures, including wearing masks indoors or face heavy fines, after cases doubled in a week.
Muslims celebrate Eid by buying sheep and goats to sacrifice in the annual ritual that stems from the story of the prophet Abraham, who was commanded by God to sacrifice his beloved son Ishmael as a test of his faith.
The sheep are sacrificed, referring to the lamb that God provided for the sacrifice in place of Ishmael.
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