All posts tagged: Ramadan

Ramadan after 10 years

This is our 11th Ramadan as an expat family in Dubai. Each year we have  learned and appreciated how it can be special for us too. Looking back, our first Ramadan here was very different. A lot of things freaked me out – no place to buy food; we might get deported if we eat; we can’t go out during the day. Crazy! Below are some questions we often get asked. This has also been some of my worries when we first moved here. What is Ramadan? Ramadan is considered the holiest time in the Islamic Calendar. It is a time for prayer, reflection, and religious devotion to cleanse past sins and do good deeds. For 30 days, Muslims wake up before dawn to consume their first meal, called Suhoor; they then refrain from consuming water & food during the day; breaking of fast happens at sunset which is called Iftar. Here is a link to a short video produced by Tani of Our Big Dubai Adventure & Zeyna of Mummy on my Mind, explaining …

Iftar at Horizon, Amwaj Rotana

One thing we love about Ramadan is the sense of community amongst all expats here in the UAE. This year, the kids and I witnessed breaking of fast in our nearby mosque, dates and water were distributed to everyone. A lot of charity initiative during Ramadan is also happening around the UAE some of them are #FillingTheBlues and #SharingTheFridge campaigns. As a family, we do not go to a lot of Iftar events as we are not fasting but we do make an exception especially if we are given a chance to share it with friends who are observing Ramadan. Our family went to Iftar at Horizon, Amwaj Rotana on a busy Friday night where we joined our friends. Horizon has a good selection of Iftar buffet from appetizers to desserts that focus more on Middle Eastern cuisine. There was something to satisfy everyone. The dish called Lamb Ouzi stood out among all the mains for our family, we found ourselves going back for more. Table arrangements was quite tight and just enough room to walk around. It did not give …