TWITTER POLL: Almost 3 of 4 readers prefer personal safety over festivities during Eid Al-Adha holidays

The Islamic holiday of Eid Al-Adha has been traditionally spent visiting loved ones and relatives to exchange warm wishes. (AFP)
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Updated 01 August 2020

TWITTER POLL: Almost 3 of 4 readers prefer personal safety over festivities during Eid Al-Adha holidays

  • Some abattoirs in Saudi Arabia and the UAE have invested in online services for the religious ritual of Udhiyyah

DUBAI: Celebrating Eid Al-Adha and sending greetings to family and friends, as well as performing prayers, virtually is now an accepted new normal with the coronavirus scare not going away anytime soon.

The Islamic holidays, traditionally spent visiting loved ones and relatives to exchange warm wishes, is now a socially distanced celebration with almost three-fourths of Arab News readers saying they would rather stay at home to keep themselves safe.

Just over a quarter of the readers polled by Arab News would consider visiting loved ones during the long Eid weekend.

Even the religious ritual of Udhiyyah, where thousands of goat and sheep are sacrificed, has changed with customers shunning livestock markets and preferring to place orders online. During Eid, Muslims are encouraged to donate meat to people who are in need.

Some abattoirs in Saudi Arabia and the UAE have even invested in online services so that customers can choose their preferred animal and the time of delivery through a mobile app.


Bad week for Mexico tourism capped by mis-translations

Updated 08 August 2020

Bad week for Mexico tourism capped by mis-translations

  • The snafu has prompted former president Felipe Calderón to write in his Twitter account: “Stop making Mexico look ridiculous!”
  • Local media reports say the errors may have been introduced by a web services supplier angry about not being paid

MEXICO CITY: It has been a bad week for Mexican tourism promotion, and it got worse Friday when the English language version of the country’s tourism website appeared with hilarious mis-translations.
Entire states like Hidalgo and Guerrero apparently got machine translated as “Noble” and “Warrior.”
Worse for the VisitMexico.com site, there was systematic and inexplicable re-invention of the names of some fairly well-known tourist towns. The Caribbean resort of Tulum somehow became “Jumpsuit.” The nearby lagoon of Bacalar, on the Caribbean coast, was switched to the Gulf coast state of Tabasco.
The snafu came one day after the US State Department cited the high number of COVID-19 cases in Mexico for issuing a “do not travel” advisory for the country, its highest level of warning. Hours earlier, the resort of Acapulco was forced to pull “anything goes” tourism ads that showed people partying without masks and the words “there are no rules.”
But the problems at VisitMexico.com drew howls of hilarity — and anger. The Pacific coast resort of Puerto Escondido became “Hidden Port,” a literal translation, and the northern city of Torreon became “Turret,” which is kind of close.
Some name changes were just inexplicable and appeared to have as much to do with invention as simple translation. The central Mexican town of Aculco somehow became “I Blame,” and the northern Gulf coast city of Ciudad Madero became “Log.”
“Stop making Mexico look ridiculous!” former President Felipe Calderón wrote in his Twitter account.
Mexico’s Tourism Department issued a statement apologizing for the apparently out-sourced errors, but then made it sound like something sinister had been involved.
“The Tourism Department expresses its most sincere apologies to the public and users for the effects that have occurred on the website VisitMexico,” the statement said. “Moreover, we make it known that these acts aim to damage the image of the website and the department, and so therefore a criminal complaint has been filed and appropriate legal actions will be taken against those responsible.”
The department did not explain that claim, but local media reported the dispute might involve a web services supplier angry about not being paid.
On Thursday, officials took down a pair of Acapulco video ads touting the faded resort’s reputation as a nightclubbing spot — despite the fact nightclubs are currently closed to enforce social distancing. They said the ads weren’t appropriate during the coronavirus pandemic.
“We have stopped being a postcard from the past, today we have changed the rules,” says a narration in one of the videos. “In fact, there are no rules,” says another voice, as people can be seen eating bizarre meals and going out to night clubs. “Eat whatever you want, have fun day and night and into the early morning hours ... find new friends and new loves.”