Iftar on the job: I barely get enough time to eat during Iftar

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Iftar on the job: I barely get enough time to eat during Iftar

For 22-year-old brand ambassador and promoter Duaa Nadeem, working up to a maximum of 14 hours each day is nothing new.

By Sarwat Nasir

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Published: Sat 25 May 2019, 12:00 AM

Last updated: Sat 25 May 2019, 7:31 PM

Even though there are shorter working hours during Ramadan for most professionals in the UAE, some do not have that luxury.
Promoters, for example, have long working hours. They are signed on by companies so they can promote their brands and products, especially in shopping malls and centres.
They get paid per hour, so most promoters prefer long hours as it earns them more money.
Iftar time is a prime time for promoters, particularly in shopping malls, as it's a busy time, giving them a chance to engage with more customers.
For 22-year-old brand ambassador and promoter Duaa Nadeem, working up to a maximum of 14 hours each day is nothing new.
The Pakistani expat has been opening her fast at a mall food court during some days this Ramadan.
"In Ramadan, its really tiring to work as you're fasting and it takes all of your energy to work. But, if I eat good food in Suhoor. It really helps and I don't feel my fast at all," she said. "To be honest, I do feel that it's more rewarding because it really tests your strength and your commitment to the Holy month. Sometimes it can be difficult and I don't usually have the same energy that I have in normal days, but it's all worth it."
To make sure she has the energy to work throughout the day while fasting, Nadeem eats the same meals she has for breakfast during Suhoor time. Laban is an essential drink for her as it helps keep her hydrated throughout the working day.
For Iftar, when she's working until late evening, Nadeem ends her fast at the mall food court.
"For me, it's not a big deal to fast and work, but breaking my fast is a big deal sometimes, as we don't have much time to eat. So, we barely eat in Iftar as we have to keep the time accurate and come back to work as soon as possible," she said.
sarwat@khaleejtimes.com



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