Dubai Consumer Mirror

Monday, October 03, 2005

Ramadan Kareem

The Holy month is here; I am so glad. Taraweeh, reading more Quran and being a goody goody virtuous Muslim.

There are other aspects of Ramadan in Dubai that are not too umm.. Ramadan-ish. Lets see if we can dodge the un-holy bits of Ramadan this year:

- The kick off with the Ramadan Karim SMS bombardment campaign - why doesn't anyone call anymore?

- Iftar on Shj-Dxb Highway: commuters will the first people who will break their fast once they hit the road at 7 am in the morning (road-rage iftar).

- The Sharjah-Dubai-Sharjah traffic jam festival that will witness a 300% expansion in size because EACH and EVERY employee will be on the 9 to 3 Ramadan timings

- Finding a decent place to have Iftar outside your house will be a painful mission for the first 3 weeks until you mark your favorite Ramadan buffet by the 4th week (end of Ramadan).

- Your wife, mother-in-law and aunt, each has a favorite Ramadan TV soap which you will be forced to watch, one after the other, for 30 days

- The last minute phone call to get a bottle of VIMTO happens only the minute you enter your home car park.

- The fight over the last kilo of Baklava at the Samadi's

- The humiliation you receive from the snobbish, part time receptionist outside this year's overpriced hip and trendy Ramadan tent.

- The verbal abuse by fasting smoker colleagues, friends, workers, family member and each fasting smoker in town.

- The Five Minutes Pre-iftar Formula One 30 day tournament.

... Other than that, I wish you all a very very holy Ramadan.


  • I alway love Ramadan, all the lost old friends come to together!

    Tonite we are playing football after Taraweh.

    Thursday nite i am thinking to go to Bab al sham Ramadan tent!

    By Blogger Balushi, at October 4, 2005 at 5:59 PM  

  • nice - where is that tent?

    By Blogger moryarti, at October 4, 2005 at 8:04 PM  

  • Ramadan kareem to you.. being a non muslim, i am reallyin awe of this month and try moi level best to follow it... traffic seems worse this year.. but getting to bur dubai seems easier, i have been to the mina seyahi ramadan tent.. on the terrace - it was wonderful exp, a great calm ambiance and cool food, one would have thought that veggies dont have much choice - but MS does prove this wrong.. :)

    By Anonymous Dreams, at October 6, 2005 at 11:34 PM  

  • Then you must be one of the lucky ones - trying coming in and out of Sharjah anytime between 2 and 6 :)

    I also think that the influx of "tents" this year is kinda of good thing. It left the pressure off one or two hip tents that EVERYONE used to go to each year.

    With all the new hotels opening up this year (GrovnerHouse, Habtoor_whatchamacallit, The Creek Golf face lift ..) people now have more choices.

    Though, i heard several people complaining from overpriced tents like the one at the Shagri La. It seems like they are charging Dhs 35 you pay at front as an entrance fee on weekends or something like that!

    By Blogger moryarti, at October 7, 2005 at 10:12 AM  

  • I must agree with your list, and the vimto part made me laugh. I was just telling my brother that ramadan wouldn't be the same without a nice cold vimto.

    By Blogger Bu3askoor, at October 19, 2005 at 2:28 AM  

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