Expats from Malaysia and Indonesia joined Muslims all over Dubai to celebrate Eid-ul-Adha on Tuesday.

At 6:12 am local time in the UAE, the festival was opened at the Indonesian Consulate of Dubai, starting with the Eid-ul-Adha prayer. After the prayer, Ustadz Mursalin, a Muslim teacher, gave a sermon to call for unity among Indonesians. He said that regardless of ethnicities and religious backgrounds the Indonesians are Bangsa (One) Indonesia, Khaleej Times reported.

The morning prayers were joined by Indonesian expat, Dr Yanti Damayanti, who emphasized that Eid is not just about celebrations but solidarity as well, and called for prayers for those who were affected by the recent catastrophes in India and Indonesia.

Eid is a good time for Indonesians to share solidarity with Indonesians who suffered from the Lombok earthquakes and Indians who were struck by the Kerala floods, said Ridwan Hassan, the Indonesian consul general in Dubai.

Yubazlan Yusof, the Malaysian consul general in Dubai, also called on his compatriots to help by donating money to disaster relief organizations.

Eid-ul-Adha is one of the two Eids celebrated by Muslims all over the world. The festival celebrates the prophet Abraham’s willingness to sacrifice his son in obedience to God.