Whilst the pace of living in Abu Dhabi may become a bit slower during the Holy Month of Ramadan, it’s also a fantastic opportunity to experience true Emirati culture and hospitality, learn something new, or get involved in charity work. Here’s our top five to try:
- Enjoy traditional Iftar favourites
This year, Iftar will be a lot more different with huge gatherings being discouraged. However, you may still enjoy traditional Ramadan favourites from the comfort of your home by ordering online!
- Learn something new
If you’ve been wanting to learn a new skill, now is the time to do it. Ramadan is a time to spend with loved ones, so why not use this time and learn to cook a traditional Arabic iftar for your friends and family? Or for something with the kids, take them to one of Abu Dhabi’s many cultural and heritage attractions to learn more about the history of the UAE and teach them about where they live.
- Give to charity
Charity is a very important part of Islam and is even more significant during Ramadan. Why not use this time to clear out your wardrobes and toy boxes, and give any items that you don’t need to charity? Or make the most of the quieter pace of life and donate your time to a local charity or support group.
- Focus on your diet and fitness
Ramadan is the perfect time to kick start healthy eating habits. Make an effort to eat out less, and, if you are fasting, make sure to eat the right foods during suhoor and iftar. You’ll also see lots of people taking a walk just before or after Iftar, so join in and use this month to focus on getting fitter by exercising more.
- Read a book
When was the last time you really took the time to relax with a good book? Use the extra time during Ramadan to expand your mind and relax at the same time by making a conscious effort to read more. As school hours are reduced, it’s a great time for children to read more too, so we’ve put together five of the best Ramadan reads for children below.