Nearly 700 prisoners have been pardoned in the run-up to Eid Al Adha.
The inmates – who were serving sentences in Abu Dhabi for various offences – will be released under the orders of His Highness Khalifa bin Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan.
He also pledged to settle their debts to “provide prisoners with an opportunity to start a new life and alleviate their families’ hardship,” government news agency Wam reported.
It’s traditional for rulers in the UAE to issues pardons before religious holidays.
Ruler of Dubai, His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, is co-ordinating with Dubai Police to release 430 prisoners of different nationalities.
His Highness Sheikh Saud bin Saqr Al Qasimi, Supreme Council Member and Ruler of Ras Al Khaimah, has ordered the release of 208 inmates.
In Sharjah, 400 detainees were pardoned by His Highness Dr Sheikh Sultan bin Muhammad Al Qasimi.
When does Eid Al Adha begin?
The Federal Authority For Government Human Resources (FAHR) confirmed in a tweet that in the UAE, Arafat day will fall on 9th Dhu Al Hijjah 1440, with Eid Al Adha following on the 11th, 12th, 13th of that same Islamic month.