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Ramadan night mkt 2015To share in the giving spirit of the Holy Month, the annual Ramadan Night Market is a 10-night, one-stop shopping event featuring products and brands from around the region. With over 400 vendors, shoppers will find irresistible offers for their Ramadan and Eid shopping needs. Shoppers will have no trouble finding the perfect gift for loved ones in this bustling marketplace with discounts and bargains on clothing, jewellery, health & beauty products, perfumes, food, home appliances, electronics, toys & baby items, automobiles, and festive souvenirs and collectibles.
To make it easier for shoppers, the market will be divided into product-themed pavilions for clothes, accessories, food, and a special grand Arabic-themed Majlis. The Ramadan Night Market is truly a family event with a massive area designed specifically for little ones (should they still be up). Children will have a great time at their own large play area that features face painting, prince and princess dress-up, a children’s fashion show, arts and crafts, bouncy castles, a movie theatre just for kids, and a photo booth with famous cartoon characters! Read more

Dubai-Traffic 2015Road traffic accidents, injuries and fatalities peak in the holy month of Ramadan. It is sad to witness hundreds of accidents and dozens of fatalities every year. Ramadan is a very special time and its all about being with the ones close to you, which creates a lot of traffic! This festive time also brings very unique  challenges for all traffic participants.
The Ramadan specific lifestyle has physical effects on our body – especially this year, when Ramadan will start in June, coinciding once again with the hot summer weather. Fasting can result in dehydration and low blood sugar, which in turn can affect our attentiveness, concentration, vision and reaction. In addition to fasting, the often unusual and irregular meal timings and sleep patterns can cause fatigue, exhaustion, impatience and distraction.
Just before sunset is a problematic time to be on the roads, because motorists tend to rush towards their Iftar appointments. This pre-iftar rush hour is a mix of psychological urges and physical needs and motorists might use this as an excuse to misbehave on the roads. Hence, all traffic participants must be extra careful in this time slot!

Read more here on how to do it right from RoadSafetyUAE

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Begging Ramadan 2015If you’re new to Dubai, do you know that begging in the UAE is illegal? 

Ramadan is a time of giving for most but for some it is a time for ‘taking’. Don’t be taken in by these women’s and men’s stories, learn what to look out for to make sure you are not being conned.

It appears Dh20,000 is short change for beggars duping residents across the UAE, with several arrests in the recent weeks unearthing hordes of stashed cash and a high-flying lifestyle of five-star hotel stays and easy living. As local authorities cracks down on gangs of beggars weaving their way through the bleeding hearts and benevolent souls across the country, the holy month of Ramadan sheds light once again on the growing menace of easy money avenues, where once person’s charity becomes another’s opportunity.

Read more from 24/7 on Organised set-up, Common cons and What can you do here

Residents are urged to report beggars on 800 243.

 

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The National Ramadan KareemWe round up a list of registered local and international charities and non-profit organisations, one for every day of the holy month, through which you can give back to the community.

Day 1: Adopt-a-Camp Foundation This registered non-profit organisation has been working with more than 57,000 labourers living in 53 camps. Its volunteers are busy all year round giving English lessons, organising sports tournaments and scheduling counselling and hygiene sessions. Every year, Adopt-a-Camp also organises Iftars. Visit www.adoptacamp.ae; email info@adoptacamp.ae

Day 2: The Palestine Children’s Relief Fund PCRF was established in 1991 to provide medical support to Palestinian youth affected by the humanitarian crisis in the Middle East. It has now extended its services to all children in need of treatment and aid in the region.

Read more from the National here

MoonsightingThe UAE Ramadan Moon Sighting Committee has announced that Ramadan in the UAE for the Hijri year 1436 will begin on Thursday, June 18.

Don’t forget school timings will be later tomorrow! Check what time your schools gates will open and don’t be late for the earlier pick ups.

Whilst young children are allowed to eat in public please be mindful of those that are fasting and be discreet. Do not eat, drink, or smoke in public during the fasting hours. This includes chewing gum. Read more

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