Dubai to hold Ramadan etiquette class for expat workers

Published:  21 Jun at 6 PM
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Tagged: Dubai, UAE
In a bid to encourage the understanding amongst the expat population of the traditions and etiquette of the Muslim holy month of Ramandan, Abu Dhabi and the city of Dubai are arranging Ramadan etiquette courses for foreigners.

Ramandan, the month of fasting, is considered the calendar’s holiest months by Muslims across the world. It’s celebrated by strict rules forbidding eating or drinking between sun-up and sundown, and by demonstrating humility, spending time with family, loved ones and close friends, and giving of time and commitment as a means of charity.

For foreigners in the emirate, it can be a tricky time as it’s not difficult to cause offence to an acquaintance or colleague where none was intended. The course, set up by the Eton Institute, is aimed at introducing foreigners to the true meaning and customs associated with the holy month as well as giving an overview of the rich culture and heritage of the Arab nations.

According to the marketing director at Eton Institute, Moaz Khan, the UAE is a multicultural country, home to expats from all over the world and all walks of life. He adds that the free course gives an unique opportunity for all to gain insight into the Arab world’s customs during Ramadan as well as their ancient origins.

Khan adds that the workshops will include topics on what to do and not do during the holy month and the cultivation of cultural sensitivity. The introduction to the culture of the Arab lands will include typical foods as well as the history of the region and the religion, and the courses will take place on 2 July at the institute.
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