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Posted On: 27 July 2020 03:42 pm

Eid Al Adha 2020: Here’s what you need to know for offering a sacrifice in Qatar

Khadiza Begum
Khadiza Begum
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Eid al-Adha or the Feast of Sacrifice is approaching us and Muslims across Qatar are preparing for the ritual sacrifice and festivities. This year, the first day of Eid Al Adha corresponds to July 31, so if you are planning to sacrifice an animal in Qatar, here are some important things you should know.

Where can I buy an animal?

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There are eight abattoirs for slaughtering animals in various areas across Qatar that ensure to meet all needs while adhering to health procedures; these slaughterhouses are Al Wakra slaughterhouse, Abu Hamour slaughterhouse, Al Shamal Slaughterhouse, Al Rayyan Slaughterhouse, Muaither Slaughterhouse, Al Shihaniya slaughterhouse and AlMazrooa's Slaughterhouse. For more details and locations, check here www.widam.com.qa.

There are also subsidized sheep available for Qataris starting from today (July 27) until the fourth day of Eid Al Adha. The initiative aims at providing Qataris with sheep at a reasonable price for the upcoming Eid Al Adha.The subsidized price of local sheep is QR 1000 whereas Syrian sheep costs QR 950.

In terms of preparation, Widam has announced that it is well equipped for the special occasion of Eid Al Adha and the abattoirs will be working under the supervision of specialized veterinarians to ensure the safety of the slaughtered animals.

Can I book online and get delivered to my doorstep?

You can also book and pay online through Widam's application to have the sacrifice slaughtered and get delivered to your doorstep during Eid. You can browse easily to know about the products and choose your favorite one and complete your order by choosing your preferred payment method. You can also track your orders all the way until delivered successfully while the customer service team is available to support you through its call center.

Click here to download the app: Google Play or App Store

What are the safety measures when visiting a slaughterhouse?

For your safety and that of others during the Eid and to combat the spread of Covid-19, when visiting a slaughterhouse to choose your sacrifice or pick up the sacrifice meat, ensure adhering to the following health guidelines as per Ministry of Public Health.

  • Avoid going to the slaughterhouse during the rush hours.
  • Follow the slaughterhouse instructions and guidelines.
  • Avoid accompanying children under 12 years.
  • Maintain a social distance of 1.5 W meters between you and others.
  • Stick to the appointment time given to you the slaughterhouse.
  • Avoid hand-shaking and touching surfaces and equipment.
  • Ensure Ehteraz App is activated and the green code is shown.
  • Pay by card instead of cash when possible.
  • Wear a mask.
  • Discard masks appropriately.
  • Avoid getting off the car unless necessary.

MoPH issued guidelines for those who suffer from chronic diseases or are above 60 years of age while choosing a sacrifice or receiving the offering meat. Such people should avoid going to the slaughterhouse as well as avoid hiring non-licensed butchers, the advisory states, adding that they should use home-delivery services.

Any tips on storing meat?

It's important to store and prepare meat safely to stop the bacteria from spreading. Follow the below tips on storing meat to prevent food poisoning.

  • As it’s summertime, so the meat can quickly spoil. You can use tailor-made iceboxes for keeping meat to avoid it going bad due to heat exposure during the transit process
  • Store raw meat in clean sealed containers on the bottom shelf of the fridge, so the meat can't touch or drip onto other food.
  • If you cook meat that you're not going to eat straight away, cool it as quickly as possible and then put it in the fridge or freezer - remember to keep cooked meat separate from raw meat.
  • Always thoroughly clean plates, utensils, surfaces and hands after they have touched raw or thawing meat to stop bacteria from spreading.
  • Uncured, raw meat generally lasts safely for around three days in the refrigerator. If you plan to keep uncooked meat longer, freezing it is your best bet. Seal the meat in an airtight package before freezing.