Ramadan easily became one of the seasons I look forward to every year. Although I am not a Muslim, this quiet time is nice to have once in a while and the fact that we get to go home early is a star! So, with shortened hours at work, what else is there to do, aside from catching up on much needed zzz? Let me share a few ideas, some of which I love doing, too.
1. Get fit. Dubai Sports World transforms Sheikh Rashid Hall of Dubai World Trade Centre to a fitness wonderland every summer! For two months, everyone gets to enjoy the state-of-the-art gym equipment, running track, badminton courts and ping-pong tables for free. There are other sports courts available for basketball, rugby, football, etc. for an affordable price.
2. Learn something new. Be it cooking, painting, driving or speaking a new language, you will never run out of things to learn or hobbies to try. Take this opportunity to attend workshops or online classes your schedule cannot accommodate during normal working hours.
3. Volunteer. Feel the spirit of Ramadan with signing up to help charities spread some cheer to the less fortunate. Either you help pack some goods or distribute them; it’s a joy to help in our own little way. You may check out Moti Roti’s #fillingtheblues, du’s Mawaed Al Rahman and Water for Workers by the [sameness] project.
4. Shopping. Ramadan is one of the best times to shop. Most shops offer incredible discounts to celebrate the season. It’s especially true if you’re eyeing to buy a car. There are deals specifically offered only this season so make the most out of it.
5. Travel. Going home early on a Thursday gives you extra time to venture out of the emirate. Hop on a bus to Abu Dhabi and explore the city over the weekend or drive to the Northern Emirates for a change of scenery. At the end of Ramadan, we get a long holiday – a nice opportunity to visit nearby countries without filing a leave!
6. Do that thing you keep on postponing. With extra hours in hand, organize your closet, spring clean your house, read that book that’s been collecting dust for months, binge watch that series – the list is endless! The excuse that “I do not have time” doesn’t work anymore.
7. Quit a bad habit. Smoking is strictly prohibited during Ramadan whether you fast or not. It’s the best time to kick the habit and start living healthy.
9. Iftar. Lots of restaurants in town offer excellent iftar deals. Gather your family or meet up with friends over traditional Arabic cuisine in Ramadan tents, restaurants or at home or join the traditional breaking of fast at Sheikh Mohammed Centre for Cultural Understanding (SMCCU) in Al Fahidi.
Surely, Ramadan gives us that extra push to move. How about you, how do spend your extra hours? Let me know your thoughts in the comment section below. :) Have a productive and blessed Ramadan everyone!