Preparations Under Way for Cultural Activities Across Country

ABU DHABI — Preparations are underway for Ramadan festivals across the country with the Western Region outlining cultural, sports and entertainment activities.

By Latifa Jaber And Silvia Radan

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Published: Sun 16 Aug 2009, 12:27 AM

Last updated: Thu 2 Apr 2015, 9:22 AM

Abdullah Saeed Al Hamly, director-general of Al Dhafra Ramadan Festival, said the organising committee had completed preparations of the first Al Dhafra Ramadan Festival of the Western Region has.

Al Hamly said comprehensive activities of the festival, being organised under the patronage of Shaikh Yas bin Hamdan Al Nahyan. It will include religious, cultural, sports, social and entertainment events beside heritage programmes throughout the month of Ramadan.

He stressed that the festival will witness many surprises for the families in the region.

Al Hamly said the organising committee will set up a large tent in the industrial area of Madinat Zayed for mass Iftar.

There are large group of single workers and craftsmen in this area and they will be provided integrated meals on all days of the holy month.

He added that shopping malls will participate in the festival through promotions and reduced prices, in addition to new products with competitive prices in the holy month.

Al Hamly stressed that the festival will achieve the aspirations and requirements of all the people of the area and commensurate with the spirit of the period.

Ibrahim Al Zarouni, Director of the Agriculture and Parks at the the Ajman Municipality and Planning Directorate, said various Ramadan related activities are scheduled to be conducted at four parks including Islamic lectures in Arabic and Urdu.

Temporary licences will be offered to establishments wishing to sell products during the period and it will be made sure that air conditioned vehicles transport food.

In the capital itself, everyone is invited to join in the feasting.

The Abu Dhabi Authority for Culture and Heritage (ADACH) is preparing something new this year — a food tent at Marina Mall.

Every evening, live cooking of traditional Emirati Ramadan dishes will be on hand and then shared with the public.

Throughout the city, Red Crescent will set up dozens of tents, which will serve iftar, but they are meant for the needy and poor, although none would be turned away.

ADACH is also preparing a set of Islamic lectures during this month, while the Emirates Heritage Club is expected to organise its usual Ramadan programme.

Apart from lectures, this will include concerts in Islamic songs, Quran quizzes and competitions for memorising and reciting Quranic verses.

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