Dubai launches Ramadan Culture for All Festival aimed at expats

Published:  23 Jul at 6 PM
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As part of the Holy Month of Ramadan, Dubai has launched its Culture for All festival aimed at helping expats understand the religious and cultural events involved.

A highlight of the Holy Month is the evening feast following the day’s fasting, with the tradition of Iftar involving the exchanging of dishes with neighbours. One such UAE neighbourhood invited a large group of expats from various nationalities to break the fast with them as a way of introducing foreigners to Iftar.

Every evening for an hour before Iftar begins, women rush between houses exchanging specially cooked food. The delicious feast itself, along with the meaning of religious decorations, candles and other traditions, were explained to the guests, who had been asked to fast on the day of their visit, and books on Islam and the UAE were on display.

Labourers in Dubai were also included in the Holy Month festivities, with more than 2,000 visiting the Ramadan tents set up by the government as part of the Culture for All Festival. Events took place in a number of languages, and organisers stressed that all were welcome as key partners in Dubai’s success.

The festival was inspired by the Minister of Culture,Youth and Community development, Sheikh Nahyan bin Mubarak, whose brief is to ensure all residents are well-treated and looked after. One of its aims is to foster stronger ties with other countries.
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