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6 Special Things To Do This Ramadan

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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.

ramadan fridges

Ramadan Fridges

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.

ramadan retreats by Stephanie Hamilton

Ramadan Workshops by Steph

How about a retreat without the airfare and that fits into your weekly routine?! Steph @Nektar is running a beautiful 4 week workshop that’s all about preparing mamas for the loooooong summer ahead by equipping you with all you need to be mindful and calm! Oh and it’s also a gorgeous way to grab some of that elusive ‘me time’ with a group of like minded ladies plus delicious complimentary tea and lunch included with every session. And you don’t need to book in for the full shebang (although why wouldn’t you, sounds so wonderful, plus there’s a discount if you do!), and the weeks are planned out like this:
Week 1  “vision” (the vision board workshop) – if you’ve never made a vision board then seriously, it’s one of the most grounding and inspiring things I’ve ever done – allowing you to be creative plus channel your thoughts about what you’d like in life on one colourful page!
Week 2  “nourish” (learn to make incredible plant based nourishing foods for the busy woman) – perfect!
Week 3  “indulge” (restorative yoga, skincare rituals, and learn to make raw chocolate) – just what every mama needs (especially the chocolate part…).
Week 4  “presence” (focused meditation, iphoneography and gratitude journalling, make a flower mandala and zen garden) – a lovely way to spend a morning, preparing for the summer (yay to knowing how to snap with the iPhone) and just grabbing some zen.
The cost for each workshop is AED 475 and there’s a discount for booking all 4, with a total of AED 1700.
Workshops take place every Tuesday morning during Ramadan.
For bookings or information email connect@nektar.ae or message Steph at +971 (0)508 701 927
spirit of ramadan mindfulness for children course

Mindfulness workshops for kids

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

ramadan donating clothes charity

The Uber/Omo initiative

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.

www.facebook.com/OmoArabia

Rise at Dubai Creek Harbour

Ramadan Nights at Rise, Dubai Creek Harbour

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.

ramadan free manicures and massages

The Nail Spa treats for your nannies and housemaids

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!

Ramadan Kareem! 

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