Residents greet each other at Al Noor Mosque in Sharjah. Image Credit: Virendra Saklani/Gulf News

Dubai: Eid Al Fitr celebrations kicked off early this morning as scores of worshippers offered the Eid prayer at mosques and prayer grounds with each other nationwide.

Residents could be seen exchanging Eid greetings across mosques before heading home for their first breakfast after a month of fasting during Ramadan.

Residents reached Abu Bakr Al Siddique Mosque early for their morning Eid prayers. Image Credit: Ahmed Ramazan/Gulf News

Twice as nice

UAE residents are celebrating a doubly joyous Eid as it is the first time since the COVID-19 pandemic began more than two years ago, that venues and events are back to 100 per cent capacity. Wearing masks outdoors has also been made optional.

All venues are now operating at 100 per cent capacity. Image Credit: Virendra Saklani/Gulf News

Workers and students in the country are enjoying up to nine days off for the Eid break, allowing for more leisure and family time. Some residents have planned staycations in different emirates while others are travelling overseas for a short Eid holiday.

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Residents at the Al Farooq Omar Bin Al Khattab Mosque in Dubai on Monday morning. Image Credit: Clint Egbert/Gulf News

Restaurants and stores across the UAE are offering their Eid specials, attracting customers far and wide. Other popular destinations are parks and beaches, as families and friends take advantage of the mild evenings.

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Eid Mubarak signs greet motorists in Dubai. Image Credit: Clint Egbert/Gulf News

Police nationwide have stepped up patrols to facilitate the flow of vehicles around busy venues, while authorities have sent out reminders to enjoy Eid safely, while following all the latest government advisory related to COVID-19.