Sharjah residents can now request a 'mobile slaughterhouse' to come to their homes, thanks to a new initiative that the Sharjah Municipality introduced in time for the upcoming Eid Al Adha.

The Sharjah Municipality (SM) on Sunday launched the slaughterhouse on wheels to meet the residents' demand this Eid and ease the pressure on the emirate's abbatoirs.

Considered part of the municipality's central abbatoir, the mobile facility has the capacity to slaughter 10 animals at a time, but only small sheep and goats can be handled. A veterinarian will also be on board to supervise the process.

Sheikha Shatha Al Mualla, assistant director-general of the public health sector and the central laboratories, explained that the new service can be requested at a nominal fee by calling 056-5064144. It will be available daily from 9am to 4pm, except Fridays, Saturdays and holidays.

Thabit Salim Al Taraifi, director-general of the SM, said the portable slaughterhouse is equipped with the same tools that are used in the central abbatoir, complete with water supply, drainage pipes and shelves with hangers, among others.

It has been manufactured using recycled materials and with the help of several employees at the municipality, he added.

Khalid bin Falah Al Suwaidi, assistant general manager for customer service at the SM, said cold temperature is maintained at the new abbatoir so the slaughtering process won't be affected by the heat of the summer weather.

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