Embracing The Spirit Of Ramadan
The Holy Month of Ramadan means so much more than fasting – it’s about community, about slowing down and being thankful for what you have, about helping others and spreading a little love plus taking a look at how you can become better as a person (i.e not so much shouty shouty at the kiddos!). And with shorter school (and work) hours, there’s time to fill too – so how about doing something meaningful or learning something about this wonderful culture we are part of? Here are a few suggestions.
Now in its second year this brilliant initiative has seen fridges popping up all over the city again this Ramadan. The concept? to fill fridges with fruit, food, drinks so that those in need can come and help themselves. Check the Facebook page for a map of all the fridges that need filling and get the kids involved in this wonderful scheme.
Workshops take place every Tuesday morning during Ramadan.
If you want to help your kiddos learn how to manage their emotions then this brilliant course run by the equally brilliant Joanne Jewell (whose mindful parenting courses should be a must for everyone…) is just the thing. Your little one will learn everything from how to understand why he or she feels a certain way to techniques to calm themselves down plus be able to reflect and make good choices. Sounds amazing, I’m signing mine up…
Younger Children (ages 5 – 8 years), Mondays and Wednesdays 2.30pm – 3.30pm
Pre-Teens (ages 9 – 12 years and above), Mondays and Wednesdays 4pm – 5.30pm
Location – Kids HQ on Umm Suqeim Street, 30 mins soft play included after workshop.
From AED 650 for 4 weeks.
Visit the Mindful Parenting website for info on how to book
Omo and Comfort are back with their annual community clothes donation drive in partnership with Uber and the Emirates Red Crescent, prefect for finally cleansing your wardrobe of any unwanted clothes (I don’t know about you but I hoard EVERYTHING). Between the 31st of May and 17th June, you can donate at mall stands across Dubai: in Mirdiff City Centre, Mall of the Emirates, Deira City Centre and Bay Avenue Mall – everything will be washed with Omo and Comfort before being donated to those in need. And Uber has created a unique promo code, UberOMODXB especially for the initiative which can be used on weekends and will give riders 50% off on their trip to and from these malls with donation stands.
Spend some time with the fam or friends at one of Dubai’s most beautiful spots while learning Emirati arts and crafts – sound good? I think so! The ‘Ramadan Nights at RISE – Dubai Creek Harbour’ is marking the spirit of togetherness with an opportunity to learn something new – from the art of making gift hampers in authentic Emirati style by the experts at Sharjah Art Foundation to workshops on ‘dining with dates’ by Chef Noor Baksh of Emaar Hospitality Group and book reading sessions by Alia Al Shamsi plus workshops on prayer carpet embroidery and making Eid cards plus lots more. There’ll also be a special Iftar and Sohour spread, served by the waterfront, to the sound of live Oriental performances by Syrian composer and Qanun player Khalil Ghadri.
Visit www.risedch.com for more information.
This is amazing if you can still get a slot (they’re booking up fast) – the Nail Spa is offering free manis and massages to your helpers, those ladies without whom life would be so much harder – who put their heart and soul into being part of our families. For more information visit their Facebook page or contact them via their website – and use the code LEADINGLADIES when you book. And heck – if you can’t get one of the free slots then just treat your helper anyways!