DUBAI — The open-hearted generosity that embodies the spirit of Ramadan was evident everywhere in Dubai as the month of fasting began. A full programme of activities was coordinated by the Department of Tourism and Commerce under the catchphrase “Ramadan changed me!” Tolerance and inclusion are common themes in the religious, cultural and social family events linked to the ongoing Ministry of Social Affairs programme.
Mohammed Khamis Bin Hareb, who organised the programme, confirmed that the events were well attended, judging by the number of visitors to the Ministry of Tourism’s promotional tent.
A popular annual Ramadan event is the Dubai International Holy Quran Award held at the Chamber of Commerce and Industry Auditorium, offering prizes for recitation from the holy book. An accompanying lecture by Dr Ahmed Shaqqi Ibrahim, entitled “Scientific Miracles of Light,” delved into natural explanations offered in the Koran that science has only been able to prove in the last century. Lectures at the Press Club covered the more down-to-earth issues of economics, education, sports, recreation, the environment, energy and communications. The club also erected a tent for journalists at the Atlantis Hotel where media figures could mingle.
Dubai is not the only emirate celebrating Ramadan. The Sharjah Chamber of Commerce and Industry is providing the venue for the annual Ramadan Fair, a vehicle for the marketing of products produced in the Gulf region. A neighbouring heritage village includes a photographic record of landmark moments in the emirate’s history, including images from its pearl-diving past and of artefacts from various museums. This year, special attention was paid to a children’s play area, a food corner and a roster of performances by European entertainers.
More than 150 companies are participating in the family-oriented Ramadan Fair including firms from Lebanon, Indonesia, Singapore, Pakistan, Vietnam, India, and neighbouring Qatar. Last year’s fair was attended by more than 70,000 visitors. The organisers believe that this figure will increase by at least 15 percent this year. Source: Emirates News Agency