*Amir to perform Eid al-Adha prayer

 His Highness the Amir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad al-Thani will perform the Eid al-Adha prayer Saturday along with citizens in the Al Wajba praying area, Qatar News Agency reports.
He will be joined by hundreds of thousands of people around Qatar in the prayer and the Eid celebrations.
The Eid al-Adha prayer in Qatar will be held at 5.05am, the Ministry of Endowments (Awqaf) and Islamic Affairs had said earlier, adding that 588 mosques and prayer grounds have been prepared across Qatar for the prayer.


Last-minute Eid shopping in the souq area of Doha. PICTURE: Shaji Kayamkulam


Dressed in festive attire, people of different nationalities and ages, and from different backgrounds and segments of society, will turn up at these mosques and grounds for the prayer. After that, they will spend some quality time with friends and family.
Slaughterhouses have been duly prepared for the occasion and these will see hectic activity Saturday. Adequate administrative, technical and health and safety preparations have been made to ensure the delivery of smooth and quality services and products.
Inspections have been carried, and more are in store, by the authorities concerned to make sure that the sacrificial animals on offer are fit for consumption and are being sold and slaughtered in strict compliance with the relevant laws and rules.
The Qatar Met department has said cloudy conditions are expected Saturday and there is a chance of scattered rain, with the temperature expected to range from 33-39C in Doha. On the second day (Sunday), it will be hot during the daytime and there will be some clouds at times. The temperature will range from 33-38C in Doha.
As for activities, malls, entertainment centres, beaches, parks and places of interest are expected to see crowds of visitors. While many will head for indoor locations to beat the heat, some people are also likely to visit open-to-air locations, especially later in the day when the conditions improve.
Among the places expected to see big crowds are Souq Waqif and Katara - the Cultural Village.
Katara will hold a series of activities for children throughout Eid from 3pm-9pm. The first and second day of Eid will witness Katara distributing gifts such as colouring books and t-shirts to children in the evening at its main entrances. A number of games, performances, theatre activities, workshops, painting and cartoon shows will welcome festival-goers for three days.
The Cultural Village has lined up other activities and attractions as well.
Qatar Museums has said its museums, which are hosting a number of exhibitions, will reopen on the second day of Eid.
The Ministry of Municipality has clean and prepared prayer grounds around the country for the occasion, while municipalities around Qatar have also put finishing touches to preparations in public places, parks, on beaches and at other places that are expected to receive visitors during the Eid holiday.
The Ministry of Public Health, meanwhile, has advised people to follow precautionary measures during Eid in view of the recent rise in Covid-19 cases in Qatar. The authorities have also stressed the need for healthy eating during Eid to avoid medical complications.
The official Eid al-Adha holiday for ministries, other government entities and public institutions will begin Sunday and end on July 14, the Amiri Diwan announced recently. Employees will resume work on July 17. Later, the Ministry of Labour said private sector workers will get three days of Eid holiday with full pay. Also, Qatar Central Bank said the Eid holiday for all financial institutions in the country (banks, currency exchange houses, insurance companies, finance, investment and financial consultants) will begin Sunday and end on July 12, with all financial institutions opening to the public on July 13.