Ramadan in FujairahAugust 15, 2011
Posted by Kanga.
We are halfway through Ramadan and you might be wondering how Ramadan in Fujairah differs from Dubai. There is certainly less activity in the daytime. There is no public dining in restaurants prior to iftar (meal after sunset to break the fast). You can, however, get “take away” food from several restaurants. In the afternoon, there is temporary market area where one can buy food for the evening meal (Ramadan Food Market).
Even at iftar time, the restaurants don’t seem to be busy (unlike Dubai) and I assume that this is because most people are eating at home with family. The bars are closed for the entire month and their employees are on vacation or re-allocated to other restaurants.
Following the meal there are prayers at the mosque, so the town is still rather quiet until this is over. Then shopping and other social activities begin.
Around 10 pm, things start to pick up. The Maktoum Championships are in full swing, including a wide variety of sports competitions – swimming, bowling, cricket, football (soccer), motorcross, interactive games (video gaming),”women’s games,” basketball, volleyball, tug-of-war, and more. I don’t know what the “women’s games” are and will refrain from making a stereotyped joke against my own. It is just a chance for them to compete in a protected venue.
So, we stopped to watch the first two motorcross races Friday night. The first one started at 10:15 pm.
There was a grandstand for spectators.
Down the road a ways was the cricket game.
So, there is actually a great deal going on. You just have to be willing to be a night owl to see it or participate in it.