New regulations for prayer rooms in Dubai

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Prior approvals are now required for establishing prayer rooms in Dubai.

His Highness Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Dubai's Crown Prince and Chairman of The Executive Council has issued a new resolution in this regard.

The Executive Council Resolution No. (31) of 2021 applies to all existing and planned prayer rooms in Dubai, including those located in free zones or special development zones.

It prohibits anyone from building, allocating or modifying a space to be used as a prayer room without prior approval from the Islamic Affairs and Charitable Activities Department (IACAD). 

Under the resolution, the IACAD is authorised to license public and private prayer rooms in accordance with the terms and conditions approved by its director-general.

The resolution is effective from its date of publication in the Official Gazette.

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