Just in time for the holy month of Ramadan, the UAE is making a generous move by offering more than 3,500 prisoners a new start in life after releasing them from jail.
3,500+ prisoners released from jail this Ramadan
Mass prisoner pardons are a common practice among the Emirates every Ramadan, freeing scores of prisoners serving various sentences in the UAE. Abu Dhabi is releasing 1,511 inmates with President His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan agreeing to settle their financial obligations, followed by Emir of Dubai His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum pardoning 874 convicts, and the northern Emirates forgiving thousands of felons, taking the country-wide total to more than 3,500.
Moon-sighting committee to announce Ramadan starting date
Citizens and residents can expect a starting date for Ramdan this evening as a dedicated moon-sighting committee will meet virtually after Maghreb prayers. The Lunar Calendar Committee at the Abu Dhabi Judicial Department, too, will be seeking evidence in sync with the National panel’s findings.
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Ten million free meals to be distributed this Ramadan
Apart from the mass prisoner releases, it’s worth mentioning the UAE is making another generous move this Ramadan by distributing a whopping ten million free meals. Two days since the campaign’s inception, more than 15,000 donors pledged 450,00 meals and food parcels, while the UAE Water Aid is donating a staggering ten million free water bottles, worth AED 5 million.
Residents and citizens are encouraged to get involved and make a donation on their official website, www.10millionmeals.ae.
“Crises reveal the true values of people, entities and societies. The ongoing crisis has revealed our country’s authenticity and deeply-rooted spirit of giving.”HH Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum
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