Iftar tents in Sharjah are usually set up near mosques to feed the needy. For illustrative purposes only. Image Credit: Abdel-Krim Kallouche/Gulf News Archive

Sharjah: Iftar tents will not be allowed to operate this year, announced Sharjah Municipality on Monday.

Sharjah City Municipality said it has suspended the issuance of permits for Ramadan tents this year as part of the authority’s precautionary measures to prevent the spread of coronavirus COVID-19.

Permits for tents are usually in high demand during the month of Ramadan as organisations and companies offer free iftar meals to the needy.

The municipality, in coordination with Sharjah Islamic Affairs, said that permits for all iftar tents have been suspended, including tents that are usually set up near mosques. Inspection campaigns will also be intensified, “to ensure that no tents are set up illegally, and will take the necessary action against any person setting up a tent illegally, as well as the immediate removal of the tent.”

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Some organisations have already started distributing food parcels to those in need amid the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, such as the Dar Al Ber Society.

The charity organisation said it has already distributed over 130,000 meals to workers’ accommodation.

Dr Hisham Al Zahrani, deputy director, social sector, Dar Al Ber Society said providing food to the needy is one of the main focus of their humanitarian activities. He said those wanting to be part of the initiative could contact them at zakat@daralber.ae or contribute directly to Dar Al Ber Society’s Dubai Islamic Bank account 003520443195201 (IBAN: AE800240003520443195201).

Residents can also contact other UAE-based charities if they want to donate food and other essentials to people, including the Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum Humanitarian and Charity Establishment, Beit Al Khair Society, and the Emirates Red Crescent.