Residents celebrate a muted Christmas for a second year. Churches have been forced to scale back or cancel services in light of a recent surge in Covid cases.
28 December 2021, 12:00 AM
31 January 2022, 12:00 AM
Many people in the UAE are hosting small home parties on Christmas Day as the surging Covid-19 cases put a damper on Christmas celebrations for a second year. This has forced churches to cancel or scale back services and disrupting travel plans and family gatherings.
Residents have scaled back large get together with friends and instead are choosing to spend time only with their immediate and extended kin.
Expo 2020 Dubai visitors marked Christmas Eve at Expo 2020 Dubai with a memorable prayer service for humanity organised by the Holy See.
Award-winning Lebanese singer Tania Kassis and the Festival Chorus wowed guests with an extra-special carol service on the Jubilee Stage.
The performances were followed by a live stream of the Christmas Mass from Bethlehem.
Fr. Lennie JA Connully, parish priest at St. Mary’s Church in Dubai said, “We are thankful to Dubai government. CDA (Community Development Authority) gave us permission to hold Christmas mass. So, people were able to come to the church,” he said, adding that worshippers kept social distancing and followed due COVID protocols.
“(The Christmas mass service) is spread out on two days. Every two hours we have a service. It will go on till 9.30pm tonight. So, the crowd is staggered.”