Emiratis attend the Eid Al Adha holiday morning prayer at Dubai's main mosque. Image Credit: AFP

Abu Dhabi, Dubai, Shajrah: Muslims around the world celebrated Eid Al Adha on Sunday, which marks the end of the annual Haj pilgrimage and commemorates the sacrifice of Prophet Abraham (peace be upon him).

Residents across the UAE also marked Eid Eid Al Adha early with prayers. The celebration is also a time for charity, social gatherings, festive meals and gift-giving.

Eid Al-Adha is an important occasion, also known as the "Festival of the Sacrifice", marked by Muslims across the world with prayers, thanksgiving and animal sacrifice.

It commemorates the willingness of Prophet Abraham (peace be upon him) to follow Allah's command to sacrifice his son.

In the UAE, it is celebrated with a four-day public and private sector holiday, starting from Saturday, August 10 to Tuesday, August 13.

Muslims around the world observe this important event. The holiday is a time for loved ones to come together for pray, share a meal and celebrate life's blessings.

The occasion is also a chance to reflect on lessons of sacrifice, and values like service, compasion and being there for neighbours.

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau also delivered his Eid Al Adha message on social media.

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People gather at Dubai's Farooq Omar Bin Al Khattab Mosque, or the "Blue Mosque", for Eid prayers. Image Credit: Virendra Saklani/Gulf News

US Senator Beto O'Rourke also tweeted "Eid Mubarak", greeting Muslims in America and across the world on this special day.