Dubai hotels offer gourmet iftar meals to underprivileged

Time Out has news on scheme where Dubai hotels offer gourmet iftar meals to underprivileged residents, and information on viral sharing fridges campaign


In the true charitable spirit of Ramadan, Dubai Municipality has kicked off an initiative aimed at helping the city’s most needy residents.

Named Heafz Al Na’amah (meaning ‘preserving the bounty that God gave’ in Arabic), the scheme sees surplus food from hotels collected and passed on to charity groups.

The charities then serve up the haute cuisine meals to Dubai’s less fortunate, a magnificent iftar feast after a long day of fasting.

The Al Multaqua Ballroom in Dubai World Trade Centre (DWTC) is just one of several places around the city hosting this benevolent service.

As the sun starts to set, hundreds line up to taste a delicious buffet of Arabian, Indian and Mediterranean cuisine.

“Whatever is in good condition, we repack,” Ravi Arul, hygiene and food safety manager at DWTC, was quoted as saying by Gulf News in reference to the food donated by hotels.

“It’s food from buffets and the hot holding cabinet in the kitchen, none of which has been touched.”

The initiative by Fathima Healthcare Group is one of several partnerships with Dubai Municipality to feed those most in need this Ramadan.

Then there’s the viral Sharing Fridges campaign, kick-started by Australian expat Sumayyah Sayed.

It began with an individual act of kindness: the mother of two placing a fridge outside her home, jam-packed with food and drink so that the underprivileged could prepare their iftar.

It wasn’t long before her whole community got involved and the Facebook group she set up - Ramadan/Sharing Fridges in the UAE – became an internet sensation, with followers now numbering 13,000.

To check out the map on Google Maps, click here

This in turn has led many more fridges to pop up around the city, the vast majority of them listed below.

It seems that with social media and technology continuously evolving, even acts of selflessness are taking on a new twist. Do you have any innovative ideas?

Umm Suqeim – Villa 40, Al Sayeef Street, Umm Suquiem 1

Jumeirah Village Triangle – District 7E, Street D29, Villa 18

Jumeirah Park – District 5, Street E-17, Villa I-17

Meadows 2, Street 13, Villa 6

Springs 11, Street 6, Villa 13

Springs 9, Street 5, Villa 46

Springs 5, Street 1, Villa 11

Springs 2, Street 13, Villa 17

Springs 1, Street 3, Villa 3

Dubai Investment Park, Villa 139, Greens Community

Jumeirah Village Circle, District 12, Street 3, La Casas, Villa 26

Jumeirah Village Circle, Street 2 entrance, Lotus Park, Villa 3

The Villa, CC7 Villa 17

Al Quoz, outside All Events Services office, 364 28A Street

Motor City, 166 Violet Place, Greens Community

Dubai Silicon Oasis, Semmer B97

Dubai Silicon Oasis, D158

Dubai Silicon Oasis, Cedre Villas, Cluster N, Villa 4

Palm – Golden Mile (at the Spinney’s end) on the corner close to the Japanese restaurant

Stock images of iftar in Dubai

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