Embracing The Spirit Of Ramadan
There are still two weeks left of the Holy Month of Ramadan and plenty to do to embrace all that is special at this time. Because 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.
We love the concept of Ramadan/Sharing Fridges, which now in its third is placed all over Dubai during Ramadan. Placed in easily accessible areas, the idea is that less fortunate community workers can help themselves to a nice cold drink and snack to break their fast at Iftar. Head over to the Facebook for more information and a list of fridge locations, mamas – and then take the kiddos to the supermarket to stock up on food and drink along the lines of laban, juice, fruit, biriyani meals, samosas and yogurt to add to your closes fridge – they’ll love getting involved and knowing that they’re making a difference.
For a full list of locations, join the Faceboook page here.
This Ramadan, take your kids along to Iftar at the SMCCU in the beautiful historic Al Fahidi Cultural Centre. Not only will they learn about the significance of Ramadan but also have plenty of fun in the process with story-telling, arts & crafts and live falconry too! You and the children will break fast with your Emirati hosts before enjoying a delicious traditional Arabic meal and visiting a nearby mosque. Completely magical and a real must for all kiddos old enough to be awake past sunset – I can’t wait to take mine along.
Until June 12
Adults AED 185, children aged 7-12 AED 90, under 6’s free of charge
For more information visit www.cultures.ae
The Holy Month of Ramadan is all about being better people, slowing down and reconnecting – all of which can be difficult to do for kids in their Tween years. Well, here’s something awesome that can help provide the right guidance and support, mamas! The LightHouse Arabia Center for Wellbeing is offering a three day Ramadan camp for 9 – 12 year olds, which focuses on the three areas of Emotional Intelligence: Self-Awareness, Self-Regulation and Social Skills – all of which help kids to find their voice. We love.
Price: AED875 + 5%VAT
To register call: +971 (0)4 380 2088 or visit here.
This Ramadan, OMO Arabia and Comfort Zone Arabia are giving you the opportunity to donate your clothes to help someone in need with their brilliant Share A Touch of Love initiative. All you have to do is visit Mall of the Emirates, Deira City Centre, Lamcy Plaza or Mirdif City Centre from 7th June to 6th July and drop your clothes in dedicated areas. Not only are you helping others but it’s the perfect opportunity to finally purge your wardrobe of all those things you never wear! Oh and if you want free pick-up from home, long onto the Careem App and a car will whizz you and your items to your nearest mall. Perfect.
Does spending 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 super charming cultural Dubai Creek area is the perfect place to soak up some of Dubai’s history and the spirit of Ramadan. From street food to markets, arts and crafts activities plus lots more, the gorgeous new Al Seef development will come alive with UAE culture.
Until June 22.
Visit www.alseef.ae 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!