View of part of the Fujairah Corniche and the Hajar Mountains in the Background

Monday, August 17, 2009

Preparing for Ramadan in the United Arab Emirates

Ramadan is likely to start around the 22 August 2009 but this is subject to confirmation by astronomers.

Some ways that Ramadan is shaping life, mainly in the Emirates this month.

A Time of Feasting and Hospitality
120 Choices of Dates for Feasting
“Dates and buttermilk are the traditional first bites taken by Muslims at sunset to end the fast during Ramadan.”

Restaurant Have Sweet Deals

Reduced Food Prices
Easing the burden of hospitality.

Healthy Cooking Options
Ramadan is a month of fasting but it is usually a time when people stack on the weight!

Iftar Meals
Iftar tents offer thousands of free meals to the less fortunate during Ramadan.

Ramadan Routines
Ramadan: Manage Your Time
“Daily routine undergoes a complete change during Ramadan, which impacts work schedules, time management and energy levels.”

Reduced Working Hours-Government Offices

School Hours

Ramadan for UAE Expats
Expats Cherish Ramadan Traditions
“As the month is fast approaching, [UAE] residents recollect their traditions back home with nostalgia.”

Cheap air fares to help expats return home and share Ramadan with your family.

Christians Joining in with Ramadan
Ramadan 209: Part 1 What’s Going on?
North American Christian, Brian McLaren writes in his blog:

“This year, I, along with a few Christian friends (and perhaps others currently unknown to us will want to join in) will be joining Muslim friends in the fast which begins August 21. We are not doing so in order to become Muslims: we are deeply committed Christians. But as Christians, we want to come close to our Muslim neighbors and to share this important part of life with them."

Giving to the Poor
Spreading the Spirit of Ramadan

Remembering Ramadan Rationale
Don’t Forget Ramadan’s Original Goals

Ramadan is About Sharing and Forgiving

On Related Sites
Branding Fujairah, Fujairah in Focus, 13 August 2009.

Take a Look at BMW/Oracle Racing BOR 90 in San Diego This Week, America’s Cup in the UAE, 16 August 2009.

Dr Geoff Pound

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Image: Ramadan Time.