Crowds of residents were up bright and early this morning for Eid prayers which officially commenced in Fujairah at 6.25am.
While some of the large mosques were open, most of Fujairah’s Muslims walked, drove their cars or bused in to the large open air worship centre over the road from the Government offices.
The atmosphere was tinged with joy. The new white clothes dazzled in the sunlight. The smell of freshly perfumed bodies filled the air.
As soon as the sermon and the prayers were over Fujairah’s Royal family and dignitaries walked briskly to their cars. Armed guards were on hand to keep the peace. Police on motorbikes went ahead to ease the officials through the increasingly congested streets.
Three Day Festival Begins
Now for three days of visiting, phone calling, gift giving, eating and celebrating. This is a happy time for those with relatives in the UAE but it can be a time of loneliness and nostalgia for those whose families are far away.
Fujairah a Getaway Destination
Fujairah is filling up fast. Hoteliers are rubbing their hands as they calculate the occupancy rate of their rooms as many from Dubai, Abu Dhabi and Sharjah travel to the tranquil emirate for a two or three day getaway.
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Image: “As soon as the sermon and the prayers were over Fujairah’s Royal family and dignitaries walked briskly to their cars.”
Take a Look!
More photos of Eid Prayers in Fujairah at this link.
Friday, September 10, 2010
Posted by Geoff Pound at 8:14 AM