Abu Dhabi: Preparations for the implementation of Ramadan projects in Abu Dhabi have started, the Shaikh Zayed Grand Mosque announced during a press conference held on Sunday.
The Ramadan iftar initiative this year will expect thousands of people from different nationalities to partake of free meals offered after sundown during Ramadan, representatives from the Shaikh Zayed Grand Mosque Centre (SZGMC) told Gulf News.
“The Armed Forces Officers Club in Abu Dhabi will prepare and deliver iftar meal packages to the Shaikh Zayed Grand Mosque. Several teams will organise, distribute and supervise the meal distribution at different Ramadan tents,” said Yousuf Al Obaidli, director of the SZGMC.
“A clear operational schedule has been conducted to minimise traffic congestion. The Shaikh Zayed Mosque will also provide civil defence and police patrols to assure the safety of worshippers and make the experience comfortable [for them],” he explained.
Since the inauguration of the Shaikh Zayed Grand Mosque, the iftar programme has become a key Ramadan tradition for a diverse range of participants.
On a daily basis people of all cultures and ages gather in the gardens of the mosque to share an iftar meal and prayer.
“Additionally, special air-conditioned tents will be set up during Ramadan to accommodate the thousands fasting daily. Also an organised schedule, which includes the Taraweeh evening prayers led by famous imams will be announced later,” he added.
Several organisations including the Department of Civil Defence, Abu Dhabi Police, the Centre of Waste Management, Red Crescent Authority, the Armed Forces Officers Club and the Public Safety and Emergency Services will work closely with SZGMC to ensure that the iftar programme runs smoothly.
The mosque will be open to all visitors from Saturday to Thursday from 9am until 2pm.
Several public tours will be offered every day from 10am until 11am. The interactive tours are led by official tourist guides at the SZGMC in order to provide information about the mosque and its architecture.
“Ramadan is a very special time of the year and visitors can expect to learn more about the significance of the holy month and its practices. As a place of worship, visitors are kindly requested to adhere to the appropriate dress code,” Al Obaidli added.