In Dubai, slaughterhouses rely on technology to avoid the Eid rush

(Belga) In a slaughterhouse in Al-Quoz, an industrial district of Dubai, veterinarians and employees are already preparing for the great Muslim holiday of Eid, the authorities of the emirate again this year betting on mobile applications to avoid the rush.

During Eid al-Adha (Feast of Sacrifice), around mid-July this year and which marks the end of the great pilgrimage to Mecca, Muslims traditionally sacrifice sheep, lambs, or calves, whose meat is then distributed to family, friends and those in need. To avoid a large crowd in front of the slaughterhouse, while cases of coronavirus contamination are on the rise again, the municipality of Dubai, one of the seven emirates forming the United Arab Emirates, is calling on customers to give preference to online orders. In this wealthy ultra-connected city, where almost everything is delivered to order, from medicine to gasoline, seven mobile applications offer the possibility of choosing an animal to sacrifice and receiving the meat at home in a few hours. Fayez Al-Badr, the manager of one of the applications, explains that users can “choose the type of animal, its age, the cut of the meat, the method of payment and the delivery in refrigerated trucks”. They can also request the distribution of the meat to the poorest through charitable organizations, he told AFP. This annual ritual stems from the story of the prophet Abraham, who was ordered by God to sacrifice his son to test his faith. The beasts are sacrificed for Eid al-Adha in reference to the lamb that God gave Abraham to slaughter instead of his son. (Belga)

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