The Dubai Municipality has launched a smart abattoir that will enable smartphone users to order small livestock online during Eid al-Adha.
Through al-Mawashi App (livestock in Arabic), residents can now order small sacrifices online -- all Australian livestock -- from Emirates Livestock & Meat Trading Company (ELMCO) in Jebel Ali and pick it up at specific delivery points.
"It is summer season and there is a rush on cattle markets during Eid. The app is meant to save time and efforts for residents, especially during the season's hot climate," Ali Tahir al-Hammadi, head of the Abattoirs Section at DM, exclusively told Khaleej Times.
"We also want to reduce the queues at Dubai Abattoir during Eid where majority of the residents get their animals slaughtered," he said.
The app will allow residents from across the UAE to order small sacrifices, but the delivery points will be in Dubai at the abattoir in Jebel Ali, where DM has established an abattoir under ELMCO, or from the temporary abattoirs in al-Khawaneej or al-Quoz.
"We will have tents at the abattoirs as a waiting point for customers who are coming to pick up their sacrifices," said Al Hammadi.
Last year, Dubai Abattoir in al-Qusais saw the slaughtering of around 7,000 animals for residents and 7,000 for charities. Al Hammadi said there has been a 100 per cent increase of animals for charities as organizations signed up for 16,000 to 18,000 animals until now. He expected a 15 to 20 per cent increase in animals brought to that branch alone.
He noted that the smart app will help residents get the sacrifices at a special rate ranging from $150 to $190, excluding delivery charges and $5 of slaughtering service.
"We expect to start with around 300 purchases on the first day of Eid through the app, reaching up to 1,000 on the fourth day," said Al Hammadi.
The Asset Management Department at DM said in statement that from last year, 918,000 animals were received in Dubai ports. Within the first six months of this year, Dubai saw 407 animals imported to the cattle markets. The markets include Australian, Indian, Somali and local livestock.
Al-Mawashi App, now available on App Store, is expected to be available for Android within the next 48 hours. Residents can make purchases with their credit cards on the app, which displays pictures and price of livestock for selection.
Al-Hammadi added that after Eid, the service will be expanded to meat delivery services to customers. It will remain an app dedicated to small sacrifices.
The abattoir section's efforts to avoid Eid rush this year included adding a new hall at Dubai Abattoir in attempts to slaughter 300 animals per hour. Parking spaces that would accommodate 500 customers were also added next to the abattoir.
Temporary abattoirs at Al Qusais and Al Khawaneej have also been added.
By Sherouk Zakaria
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