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Ramadan 101 for Expatriates

10 Jul

From Wikipedia

Ramadan (Arabic:; رمضان) is the ninth month of the Islamic calendar, and the month in which Muslims believe the Quran was revealed.Fasting during the month of Ramadan is one of the Five Pillars of Islam. The month is spent by Muslims fasting during the daylight hours from dawn to sunset.

Ramadan officially started today, 10 July 2013. In observance of Ramadan, it is mandatory for UAE and other Muslim Countries to lessen the working hours. Non Muslim Expatriate like me is quiet delightful with this because it means extra hours of rest and sleep, we can do movie marathon with family and friends, spare time for household activities cleaning, re-arranging things at home. But please bear in mind that it is also a best time for spiritual reflection and prayer. Even Non-Muslim like us can also participate by giving things you don’t need (clothes, books, toys etc) to charity or by just respecting our Muslim brothers and sisters.

Below are the do’s and dont’s during the Holy month of Ramadan.

1. Refrain from eating or drinking in public places 

Please respect those people in fasting, avoid eating, drinking or even chew gum in public. We expatriate are allowed to eat but do it in private and with discretion.

2. Avoid playing loud music

Please observe silence. People are usually pray from time to time so please respect them by not playing loud music.

3. Dress appropriately

I know Ramadan falls on Summer season but please don’t use your revealing clothes in public.

4. Do not get angry or curse in public

Many of us is not in a mood specially when outdoor because of scorching heat. Please be  cool specially when driving, I’ve seen a lot of  drivers who are irritated in the road please be more patience with them.

5. Do not engage in public display of affection

It is a law in the UAE not only  this Ramadan , please avoid showing affection by holding hands and kissing in public.

6. Exchange Ramadan Greetings

Greet our Muslim friends and colleague by saying Ramadan Kareem or Eid Mubarak during Eid Celebration.

7. Accepts Invitation

Attend  their gatherings if invited. Our boss usually invite us for Iftar and I’m happy to join them to meet and greet each ones family.

These are the things that we need to observe during Ramadan, if I miss any just please make a comment below.

Wishing you all a blissful Ramadan.



August Rush!

29 Aug

It’s like yesterday when I tweeted about my favorite month and how excited I am about it, now 2 more days and we will bid  goodbye to the month of August. Time flies really really fast.

August is indeed  special for me, since majority of the family member (including myself) born on this month. It is also start of Ramadan, wherein our Muslim brothers and sisters do the fasting for almost a month and offer more prayers. It also means less working hours for us. yehey!

I also called August a Pig-out Month, Lots of celebrations, gatherings, activities occured during the month. Lots of weight gain also… nyay!

August 11 – House Warming for our New House

August 18 – My sister and nephew’s birthday celebration

August 21 – Special Dinner from our Housemate Ching (she accepted a job offer from one company)

August 23 – My mom and hubby’s birthday celebration

August 25 – Company Iftar Dinner at Sheraton Hotel

August 30 -It’s My birthday and Start of Eid Al Fitr… Thanks for the Long Holiday (5 Days of Fun and Rest), supposedly we have work on Thursday since Public Holiday for Private sector were 2 days only (Tuesday and Wednesday). Thanks to my kind boss for an extra day. I considered this as a birthday gift!


I would also like to say thanks for my sis Ayin, my colleague and PEBA for an Early Birthday Present… I’m so much blessed and happy!

My sister gave me a voucher for Aromatherapy massage, Aromatherapy Hair Spa and Full Body Scrub. Thanks sis… I really need this, my body needs a complete overhaul. hehehe

I’ve got dinner buffet for two (2) at Al Diar Dana Hotel from our supplier.

I’ve got 300 worth of Globe TipIDD Card courtesy of “Where the Heart is Photo Contest”. Very happy because it’s my 1st reward as a blogger even It’s an early bird entry only.

Thank you Lord for all the blessings! For giving me another year!

Thank you August! See you Next Year 🙂


22 Aug

Iftar (Arabic: إفطار‎), refers to the evening meal when Muslims break their fast during the Islamic month of Ramadan. Iftar is one of the religious observances of Ramadan and is often done as a community, with people gathering to break their fast together. Iftar is done right after Maghrib (sunset) time. Traditionally, a date is the first thing to be consumed when the fast is broken.

Last August 9, 2010 my company sponsored an Iftar Dinner for  it’s employees and their family. We dine at Azur Restaurant @Al Raha Beach Hotel. The menu are consist of variety of Indian, Arabic and Continental cuisine. Everyone enjoyed the foods, (my mom can’t  decide which one to eat first). It was also a bonding moment for us and to meet and greet each one’s family.

Thanks boss for the wonderful evening of great foods.

My boss told us that over the years there’s a lot of people forgot the true meaning of Ramadan. Ramadan is not a month of food festival or even shopping festival. Let’s remember that it is a time for spiritual reflection, prayer and doing of good deeds. Fasting is intended to inculcate self-discipline, self-restraint and generosity.

Ramadan Kareem!