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Sunday, August 22, 2010

Ramadan Iftar

Salam Alaikom all...Hope everyone is enjoying Ramadan atmosphere! It's beautiful, isn't it?

Did you ever wonder how do we (Muslims) fast during the Holy month of Ramadan?
I'll tell you how in case you still don't know.

First of all, it is worth mentioning that Ramadan is the ninth month of the Islamic calendar. It is the Islamic month of fasting, in which Muslims refrain from eating and drinking from dawn until sunset.

Muslims break their fast at Maghrib (sunset) prayer time with a meal named "Iftar".

When we hear the Maghrib prayer we usually say a prayer first (Dua'a) then break our fast by drinking a glass of Laban (Yoghurt based drink) and dates.

After that, we perform Maghrib prayer then go back to eat the Iftar meal, whick contains a number of delicious dishes.
The amazing thing about Ramadan is that the whole family (Grandparents, Parents, Children, Aunts, Uncles, Cousins, etc.) gather and enjoy the holy time together. What is more amazing than having Iftar with the whole family?
Ramadan is a time that brings family members together and closer than any other time.
Personally I enjoy cooking with my cousins and relatives. Each one of us decides what is she going to cook for Iftar. One says she'll cook the main dish, the other chooses the sweets and we help each other in every thing.
Not only women share these moments, but also men. For example, we always ask my elder brother to go and buy what we need in the kitchen, while my uncle helps us in exchanging dishes with neighbours and friends. It is such an amazing thing.
One of the most DELICIOUS, FAMOUS and BASIC dishes in the UAE and the Arabian Gulf region is "Harees". It is nearly a "must" during the Holy month of Ramadan.

One other amazing dish that I love so much is "Thareed", which is a mixture of very delicate home made bread, which is named "Khobz Regag" with a mix of vegetables and meat or chicken broth.

"Lugaymat" is another dish that is essential during Ramadan. It is part of the sweets or desserts. It tastes really good especially if you eat it while drinking Arabian Coffee.

After praying and eating, a cup of Arabian coffee or tea would be perfect. You just sit, relax and enjoy drinking it.

Normally, two or more "Dallah (s)" of coffee and tea are prepared before or right after Iftar.

You can also indulge yourself with fruits, sweets or many kinds of different fruits. But put in mind that we don't eat much in order to maintain our health. Eating a little bit of everything is
a very good and healthy thing to do.
We should always remember that fasting is intended to teach Muslims about patience, humility and spirituality. It is time for Muslims to fast for the sake of Allah and to offer more prayer.
I will post more information about the Holy month of Ramadan, but please do ask me if you have any questions or would like to know more about a particular issue.

Friday, August 20, 2010

Ramadan Kareem!

UAE Caravan wishes you all a happy Ramadan!


Sarah Al Hanki

Wednesday, August 4, 2010

Summer in the UAE (Part 2)

Hello everyone,

Today I'll continue giving you options or suggestions on how to spend summer in the UAE, although it is burning hot!

Heat is not a problem anymore, thanks to air conditioners. And because the summer in the UAE makes it almost impossible for anyone to do any activities outdoors, so many indoor activities and places have been established, such as, shopping malls, exhibition centres where many events are being organized, museums, etc.

If you are a fan of Arts, History, Arabic Calligraphy and Heritage, then the Emirate of Sharjah is "a must visit" for you. It has a number of amazing museums, such as, Al Mahatta Museum, Sharjah Archaeology Museum, Sharjah Art Museum, Bait Al Nahbooda, Sharjah Calligraphy Museum and much much more.

Also, if you have kids, want them to get some knowledge then have some fun, after touring any of the fabulous museums, you can take them to Sharjah Aquarium or Sharjah Discovery Centre, which is the perfect place for both adults and kids, because you can get the chance of learning and entertaining at the same time.

To read more about museums in Sharjah or get more information, please visit

The whole family can also enjoy exploring Al Ain Wildlife Park and Resort, which is located in Al Ain city, UAE.

You can camp there too! there, you can experience and learn about wildlife and conservation in a unique natural desert setting.

for more information, please visit:

Other suggestions:

1- Have fun in one of the Paintball parks all over the UAE (

2- Dive in the Arabian Gulf, basikly in the emirate of Ras Al Khaimah (

3- Enjoy a desert safari and SKIING on the golden dunes! (

There is much much more to do in the UAE during Summer, Winter, Autumn and Spring. So, don't miss the fun!