UAE: Park and pray fines

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Drivers in the United Arab Emirates have been told that they face fines if they park at the roadside to pray. With mosques and petrol stations offering safe places to park for prayers, Brigadier Saif Muhair Al Mazroui urged drivers to use these alternatives instead.

Mazroui told the paper that drivers will be fined 500 dirhams ($136; £103) if they’re caught. The warning comes after an accident in Dubai in which two people were killed. Another senior official took to Twitter to say “The roadside is not a proper place to offer prayers, it can endanger the lives of worshippers.”

The accident on Saturday occurred when a car ploughed into a group of worshippers after a tyre blew out. The vehicle hit eight people offering their early evening Al Magreb prayers outside a mosque, killing two and leaving the rest injured, three seriously.

Source Credit: BBC
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