Read Time Out Dubai's guide to helping out during Ramadan to find out more.
How to get involved Ramadan is the perfect time to delve into the UAE’s rich culture, whether it’s by signing up for the Arabic classes you always said you would or visiting the Sheikh Mohammed Centre for Cultural Understanding to learn more about Ramadan, Islam and the history of the country. It is also a time of selflessness. There are lots of charitable initiatives to take part in, and it’s a great way to engage with one of the most important Islamic traditions, as well as to help the needy.
Donate to charity Charities such as Emirates Red Crescent and Dubai Cares run donation drives during Ramadan. Emirates Red Crescent is also currently in the middle of a donation drive for those affected by the severe drought in Somalia. The For Your Sake, Somalia campaign is calling for contributions through Etisalat and du, as well as through the Emirates Red Crescent website. Donate to fund houses, wells, ambulances, medical supplies and food parcels, as well as make general offerings of any amount. www.dubaicares.ae; www.emiratesrc.ae.
Filling the Blues Each year, a number of restaurants around the city donate iftar meals to be handed out to the city’s construction workers and labourers. It’s headed by the people behind Moti Roti. Sign up to volunteer handing out meals at the construction site in Cluster J, JLT via Moti Roti’s website. www.motiroti.me/fillingtheblues.
Ramadan Sharing Fridges If you were in the city during Ramadan last year, you might have heard about this initiative. Fridges are set up outside across the city for you to donate food and drinks to the needy. To see the map of all fridge locations (which is continually updated), join the Facebook group, where you’ll also find plenty of information about what, how and when to contribute. www.facebook.com/groups/uaefridges.