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In Photos: Dubai’s Alternative Iftar Buffet.

Since every Iftar advertisement talks about giving you the true spirit of Ramadan, I wandered out on the first evening of the Holy Month to better understand what that spirit really was. Here it is in photos, courtesy of the people who really endure the hardship of fasting and celebrate it with prayers, fortitude and togetherness. Ramadan Kareem.

(For a more wordy post from an alternative iftar evening two years ago, check out an earlier post here.)

Ramadan - Iftar - Old Dubai - An Alternative Buffet

Ramadan - Iftar - Old Dubai - An Alternative Buffet

Ramadan - Iftar - Old Dubai - An Alternative Buffet

Ramadan - Iftar - Old Dubai - An Alternative Buffet Ramadan - Iftar - Old Dubai - An Alternative Buffet

Ramadan - Iftar - Old Dubai - An Alternative Buffet

Ramadan - Iftar - Old Dubai - An Alternative Buffet

Ramadan - Iftar - Old Dubai - An Alternative Buffet

Ramadan - Iftar - Old Dubai - An Alternative Buffet

Ramadan - Iftar - Old Dubai - An Alternative Buffet

Ramadan - Iftar - Old Dubai - An Alternative Buffet

Ramadan - Iftar - Old Dubai - An Alternative Buffet

Ramadan - Iftar - Old Dubai - An Alternative Buffet

Ramadan - Iftar - Old Dubai - An Alternative Buffet

Ramadan - Iftar - Old Dubai - An Alternative Buffet

Ramadan - Iftar - Old Dubai - An Alternative Buffet





7 Comments

  1. These are fabulous. I’m there with you in your neck of the woods, holding your hand, seeing through your eyes. I’ve always wanted to take a closer look at the seated meals at iftar outside mosques too but never dared to venture. Maybe I’ll have courage.

  2. Couldn’t leave a comment earlier… Ramadan Kareem to you and your family. Beautiful post… reminds me of my Ramadan 2 years back in Kolkata.

  3. GA

    Great photos and they bring back some memories :)

  4. The beauty of Ramadan! You’ve captured it beautifully! Ramadan Mubarak.

  5. alice

    This sound amazing and it has a touch of real life, you know. I always feel loke all those luxuries are just illusion sold by companies.

    But … uhm … can a non Muslim join these Iftar ? Is this like a restaurant on street or something like that? I really wanna try this while in Dubai. Who know when will I have another chance to come here again?

    So could you please be a little bit more specific about these Iftar? Like location, how to join? What you shouln’t do (taking pic, laugh or talk loud, etc.) Things like that.
    I would hate to be rude in this holy month
    Thanks!

    • Hi Alice! These are just photos of people having their Iftar on the streets. You will usually only see blue collar working class men partaking off Iftar on the pavement, and it’s not something that a woman can join. (Or I have never tried sitting down with the lads myself….)

      Without trying to do a shameless plug, I take people for authentic Iftar experiences around Old Dubai with http://www.fryingpanadventures.com. We offer a ‘Sacred Sunset Voyage’ where we hop between 4 down-to-earth restaurants in Old Dubai and talk about the significance of the month through the evening. Hope you will join us for one! Hop over to our website for more details: http://www.fryingpanadventures.com

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