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Forbes Ranking : PNC Menon becomes richest Omani Citizen

Under the visionary leadership of PNC Menon, Sobha Realty has gained a distinguished position in the luxury property market across the region by setting new standards of quality and craftsmanship…reports Asian Lite News

PNC Menon, the Founder and Chairman of Sobha Group and a prominent figure in the real estate sector, has climbed up the Forbes Global Ranking to become the richest Omani Citizen. This achievement highlights his leadership and pioneering role in the Middle Eastern real estate sector, marking a significant milestone for Oman’s thriving property market.

Under the visionary leadership of PNC Menon, Sobha Realty has gained a distinguished position in the luxury property market across the region by setting new standards of quality and craftsmanship. The achievement is a testament to his long-standing expertise and commitment, which serves as an inspiration to aspiring entrepreneurs and industry professionals to explore the possibilities in the Middle East’s dynamic business landscape.

Furthermore, the milestone achievement is anticipated to set forth a new era of success for PNC Menon, which further underscores his unwavering commitment to excellence in the industry.

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DEWA’s Commitment to Customer Experience, Sustainability, and Service Excellence

DEWA provides many digital services and smart tools to help customers better understand and manage their electricity and water consumption…reports Asian Lite News

Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (DEWA) is dedicated to enhancing the customer experience through the adoption of digital solutions and AI across its services and operations. With a focus on providing proactive, advanced, and seamlessly integrated digital services, DEWA aims to surpass customer expectations. Additionally, DEWA is deeply committed to sustainability, actively working to reduce its carbon footprint. To ensure service excellence, DEWA implements the ‘Services 360’ policy, which involves analyzing and measuring service maturity levels over a three-year plan (2023-2025), aligning with the master plan of the General Secretariat of the Executive Council of Dubai Government.

Implementing the ‘Services 360’ approach has led to tangible results: service automation reached 100%, self-services that do not require physical presence reached 100%, digital adoption of DEWA’s services reached 99.2%, customer happiness reached 98.3%, and service quality reached 95%. In 2023, DEWA’s digital services achieved savings of AED 470 million for customers and AED 35 million for DEWA, in addition to avoiding 41,470 tonnes of carbon emissions.

“In line with our ongoing efforts to serve customers and make them happier, we are keen to provide innovative digital services that allow customers to conduct their transactions anytime, anywhere. This saves their time and efforts and supports DEWA’s strategy for sustainability and environmental protection by reducing the consumption of natural resources. DEWA has achieved notable success in implementing the ‘Services 360’ approach. In the first phase of the implementation, 15 out of 22 services met all standards, exceeding 300% of the targets of the first phase for 2023. The ‘Services 360’ policy provides a roadmap and work plan for government departments in Dubai to provide seamless, proactive, and integrated services that focus on the customers, meet their needs, and enhance their experience in receiving the services, supporting the ‘one government’ concept,” said HE Saeed Mohammed Al Tayer, MD & CEO of DEWA.

Digital services and smart tools

DEWA provides many digital services and smart tools to help customers better understand and manage their electricity and water consumption. DEWA’s ‘Smart Living’ dashboard enables customers to monitor their daily, monthly, and yearly consumption; ‘My Sustainable Living Programme’ allows them to compare their consumption with similar highly efficient homes and provides customised tips to manage their consumption efficiently; ‘Away Mode’ allows customers to receive consumption reports when they are not at home; and the ‘Consumption Assessment Tool’ provides a detailed report after filling out the consumption assessment. In addition, DEWA provides a wide range of special offers and discounts to its customers through the DEWA Store, in collaboration with many public and private sector companies. The offers encourage customers to adopt a smart and sustainable lifestyle and help transform their houses into smart homes.

‘Services 360’ policy

The ‘Services 360’ policy focuses on eight main principles that unify work streams in providing services across government entities. The principles include a digital-first experience based on the provision of digital and real-time services, as well as adopting a digital identity (UAE Pass) as a unified entry system, while providing full support to the customer. They also include proactive services that enhance communication with customers to anticipate their needs for the services and respond accordingly, ultimately reducing the efforts made by the customers. Additionally, the policy entails an integrated data and services system that minimises data requirements from the customer and facilitates services by connecting databases among government entities, as well as unified and customised channels built based on the customer’s preference and made available 24/7.

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Danube Group opens mosque in Dubai Studio City

Named after the Danube Group Founder Rizwan Sajan’s late father, Danube Mosque for Askerali Sajan was inaugurated by Sajan’s mother…reports Asian Lite News

Dubai-based Danube Group opened a new mosque in Dubai Studio City in memory of founder’s late father Askerali Sajan.

Designed in modern and state-of-the-art architecture, the mosque was inaugurated in the presence of Mr. Rizwan Sajan, Founder, and Chairman of Danube Group, at a ceremony that was attended by key people from the Government of Dubai, residents from across different cultures, and media personnel.

Anis Sajan, Vice Chairman of Danube Group; Adel Sajan, Managing Director at Danube Group; Azhar Sajan, Director of Casa Milano; Sahil Sajan, Director of Milano and other senior officials attended the opening ceremony and also offered prayers along with hundreds of worshippers at the newly-opened mosque – Danube Mosque for Askerali Sajan.

Located in Al Hebiah Second near Glitz by the Danube in Dubai Studio City, the mosque has been named after Mr. Rizwan Sajan’s late father Askerali Sajan and it was inaugurated by his mother Gulbanu Askerali Sajan.

“We all owe a lot to our parents. And this mosque is a small effort to reward our beloved father and mother who have always been a guide and support for us. We request attendees to always remember them in their prayers and pray for my father’s soul and good health for my mother,” Rizwan Sajan said after the inauguration of the mosque.

Following the opening, hundreds of worshippers – both men and women – offered Taraweeh prayers and prayed to Almighty God to accept the efforts and prayers of the Sajan family and bless the worshippers.

Spread over 3,445 square meters, the mosque can accommodate more than 750 men and women worshippers, providing an opportunity to thousands of residents around the fast-growing Dubai Studio City and areas in its vicinity to offer prayers five times a day. The mosque has also dedicated parking for around 50 vehicles for the worshippers coming for prayers.

The contract to build the Danube Mosque for Askerali Sajan was awarded to Prestige Construction LLC., which has already completed numerous commercial, retail, residential, educational, and healthcare infrastructure projects in the UAE.

“We are very pleased that the mosque has been delivered in time as promised by the contractor. We wanted to open it in the holy month of Ramadan and are excited that the mosque has been opened on the 27th of Ramadan – one of the most auspicious days of the holy month. Let’s all pray and seek the blessings of the Almighty in this most-awaited month of the Hijri calendar. May Almighty allow us to do much more deeds,” Rizwan Sajan said.

The Group has also been contributing to numerous charity initiatives launched by the government. Earlier in March this year, the Danube Group announced an AED 10 million contribution to the Mothers’ Endowment Campaign. Earlier, it also contributed to the ‘1 Billion Meals Endowment’ fund in 2023, the Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Global Initiatives (MBRGI), and numerous others.

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Dubai explores empowering private sector for digital transformation

The objective was to gather the participants’ perspectives and recommendations on how to create an incubating and stimulating environment to support companies’ growth…reports Asian Lite News

Dubai Chamber of Digital Economy, one of the three chambers operating under Dubai Chambers, recently organised a networking event with representatives of companies within the digital sector.

The session discussed strategies to empower companies to support Dubai’s digital transformation and maximise the contribution of advanced technologies, such as artificial intelligence and blockchain, to the emirate’s economic growth.

During the event, which was attended by Omar Sultan Al Olama, Minister of State for Artificial Intelligence, Digital Economy and Remote Work Applications, and Chairman of Dubai Chamber of Digital Economy, along with Mohammad Ali Rashed Lootah, President and CEO of Dubai Chambers, a survey was conducted.

The objective was to gather the participants’ perspectives and recommendations on how to create an incubating and stimulating environment to support companies’ growth.

Survey participants affirmed that Dubai offers an advanced work infrastructure for companies across different digital economy sectors. They highlighted the emirate’s ongoing efforts in bolstering international competitiveness and positioning Dubai as an ideal hub for skilled professionals in cutting-edge technologies.

Additionally, they emphasised the importance of initiatives and programmes offered by the Chamber to support companies operating in this sector, particularly in fostering meaningful dialogue between the public and private sectors to address the challenges of advancing the digital economy.

Survey participants also emphasised the necessity of expanding digital knowledge exchange platforms for the private sector. They highlighted the significance of providing support and tailored services to startups, and small and medium-sized companies to enable them to keep up with modern technological advancements, thereby boosting growth, innovative capabilities, and competitive potential.

Saeed Al Gergawi, Vice President of the Dubai Chamber of Digital Economy said, “We are keen to regularly engage with the private sector to enhance its contribution towards strengthening Dubai’s status as a global hub for digital economy and a key player in the global digital ecosystem, in line with the goals of the Dubai Economic Agenda (D33). Transparent conversations are essential to amplifying the success of Dubai’s digital ecosystem and positioning the emirate as one of the most diversified and agile technology-enabled digital hubs in the world.”

Dubai Chamber of Digital Economy is committed to driving the success of Dubai’s digital ecosystem and accelerating the emirate’s transformation into one of the world’s leading digital economies in line with the objectives of the Dubai Economic Agenda (D33).

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UAHR praises MBZ as role model for peace

As part of His Highness’ efforts, the statement highlighted that the UN General Assembly, backed by 34 nations, unanimously passed a resolution designating the 4th of February annually as the International Day of Human Fraternity…reports Asian Lite News

The Union Association for Human Rights (UAHR) has commended President His Highness Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan as a leader and role model for promoting peace and coexistence worldwide. It also noted His Highness’ role in advancing the UAE’s efforts to promote principles of human fraternity globally, solidifying its position as a leading hub for peace and human coexistence.

This came in UAHR statement which was delivered by Dr. Fatima Khalifa Al Kaabi, President of the UAHR, as part of the 8th item of the agenda of the United Nations Human Rights Council related to combating racism and racial discrimination, and following up on the implementation of the Durban Declaration and Programme of Action (DDPA). This was within the framework of its participation in the 55th session of the UN Human Rights Council (HRC55) held at the Palais des Nations in Geneva.

As part of His Highness’ efforts, the statement highlighted that the UN General Assembly, backed by 34 nations, unanimously passed a resolution designating the 4th of February annually as the International Day of Human Fraternity.

This coincides with the day on which His Eminence the Grand Imam, Professor Dr. Ahmed El-Tayeb, Sheikh of Al-Azhar, and His Holiness Pope Francis, Head of the Catholic Church, signed the Document on Human Fraternity for World Peace and Living Together in Abu Dhabi in 2019, under the patronage and presence of President His Highness Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan.

Al Kaabi stressed the importance of working to combat racism and racial discrimination, promote the values of tolerance and coexistence, and reject hate speech. She also stressed the importance of evaluating the commitment of states and measuring the progress made in this regard.

UAHR called on the UN Human Rights Council to promote international efforts to eradicate racism and the associated racial discrimination that contradicts human values and principles, as well as the associated forms of intolerance and non-acceptance of others.

UAHR emphasised the significance of following the UAE’s example in promoting peace, tolerance, and cultural diversity. The UAE serves as a model for hosting over 200 nationalities living together harmoniously, experiencing justice, equality, and fair opportunities. The country’s overarching vision aims to establish global peace, tolerance, and human coexistence, fostering a worldwide environment that upholds justice and equality for all, free from discrimination.

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Eid Al Fitr: Dubai unveils action plan to manage public hygiene

Dubai Municipality stated that it has assigned 2,300 cleaners to oversee hygiene services across the Emirate, who will work in four shifts and will be provided with all the necessary tools and equipment for the field. Additionally, the Municipality has appointed 650 hygiene engineers from the private sector to whom hygiene-related tasks in tourist, industrial, and desert areas have been outsourced…. reports Asian Lite News

During the Eid Al Fitr holiday in Dubai, the municipality announced plans to oversee hygiene and community services, particularly focusing on sustainable waste management. The initiative includes technical programs, action plans, as well as supervisory and field efforts to maintain cleanliness across all roads, highways, residential areas, and public facilities.

As part of its continuous efforts to advance Dubai’s standing as a sustainable and healthy community, Dubai Municipality has put together a comprehensive strategy for integrated waste management. This plan aims to provide the highest standards of quality for hygiene services and operations in the emirate of Dubai throughout the year, and during various events and holidays hosted by the emirate. This is consistent with the Municipality’s objective to ensure that all residents and visitors enjoy the highest quality tourism, leisure and living experiences.

Dubai Municipality stated that it has assigned 2,300 cleaners to oversee hygiene services across the Emirate, who will work in four shifts and will be provided with all the necessary tools and equipment for the field. Additionally, the Municipality has appointed 650 hygiene engineers from the private sector to whom hygiene-related tasks in tourist, industrial, and desert areas have been outsourced. The teams will include approximately 250 supervisory staff to monitor hygiene tasks and complete the closure of emergency field communications.

To preserve the environmental and hygienic conditions of public beaches in the emirate of Dubai, Dubai Municipality has also assigned a field team of 84 members, including 12 supervisors and 72 cleaners, who will work daily in three shifts; to maintain the cleanliness of public beaches in Dubai and enhance their sustainability, while providing a unique experience for beachgoers, including citizens, residents, and visitors, during the Eid holiday.

Furthermore, the Municipality has deployed approximately 752 vehicles and machinery, including 311 heavy vehicles, 158 light vehicles, 176 rental vehicles, 77 heavy equipment attached to hygiene boats, and 30 light equipment, all of which will be available upon request. During the Eid holidays, the average daily programmes for the automated fleet will be 456 to complete the city’s hygiene tasks, deal with complaints and communications as well as implement daily field surveillance programmes.

To keep major roads and highways clean during the first few days of Eid Al Fitr, Dubai Municipality has gathered a workforce made up of 57 cleaners and 5 supervisory and monitoring employees. The team will work in four shifts to cover a total of 2,300 kilometres of the main roads. To effectively handle any emergency that may arise, the Municipality has also developed operational plans to promptly respond to reports and allocate the necessary human and logistical resources for the collection and transportation of waste along the way. The group will also take on the task of cleaning accident sites on external roads and highways.

Dubai Municipality’s waste management teams have effectively carried out cleaning operations across all 10 Eid prayer areas in the emirate. Furthermore, they have placed supplementary rubbish cans near mosques, event venues, crowded areas, along with 30 extra waste storage facilities that are widely spread to cover emergency cases and crowded areas.

The waste disposal and treatment facilities owned by Dubai Municipality, such as the Al Qusais landfill and Bayada dump site, will have set work hours on account of the cleaning operations for Eid Al Fitr holiday. These facilities are scheduled to be open around the clock throughout the holiday season. Additionally, the medical waste incinerator at the Jebel Ali Hazardous Waste Treatment Facility will operate continuously with no disruptions during the Eid Al Fitr holidays.

As part of the initiative, Dubai Municipality will also keep an eye on the operations of private sector firms. All operations are set to be carried out by seven different companies, three of which are in charge of managing cleaning duties and waste segregation in public and residential areas. Two of them will focus on promoting recycling and meeting circular economy requirements, while another firm is dedicated to transporting abandoned vehicles, along with one that specialises in the upkeep of public health facilities.

More importantly, Dubai Municipality has announced that it will now use its official website to provide a range of services and assistance to the public and customers. These services include the ability to request permits for disposing of hazardous waste, commercial waste, and unwanted materials.

Likewise, individuals can submit requests to approve contracts with waste collection and transportation companies, as well as obtain no-objection certificates for infrastructure and construction projects. Another service available is the ability to request the provision or relocation of waste containers. However, it has been stated that the Municipality will temporarily suspend its bulk waste disposal operation during the initial days of Eid Al Fitr, after which it will resume normal operations.

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 Community-Favourite Choithrams Announces Golden Jubilee Plans

Choithrams opened its first outlet in the UAE exactly 50 years ago. The business traces its origin story in West Africa going back 80 years and was founded by Thakurdas Choithram Pagarani…reports Asian Lite News

Community-favourite supermarket brand Choithrams announces the celebration of its golden jubilee anniversary in the UAE.

In 2023, Choithrams opened 10 new stores in the UAE, solidifying its position as a leading supermarket chain in the region.  Looking ahead, the company, which is currently exhibiting at Gulfood 2024, aims to continue its expansion with the ambitious goal of opening 5-6 stores annually both in the UAE and across the region.

Choithrams opened its first outlet in the UAE exactly 50 years ago. The business traces its origin story in West Africa going back 80 years and was founded by Thakurdas Choithram Pagarani. Today, it is a household name in Dubai and a go-to destination for everyday needs.

Lekhu Pagarani, the Chairman of Choithrams group and the son of the founder, says his father had a vision of not only growing the business, but also giving back to society. “In 1959, he created his first trust, the Choithrams Remembrance Trust, it set in motion a lifetime of philanthropic work transforming millions of lives. We are cognizant of the fact that none of this can be achieved alone, and we are grateful for the opportunity to serve. We thank the leadership of the UAE for the continued support and guidance, we thank our partners, stakeholders and customers for the trust – it gives us strength to continue on our mission of creating meaningful social impact for the next 50 years and beyond.”

Choithrams CEO Rajiv Warrier revealed a special edition 50-year logo that will be seen in all Choithrams corporate literature during the anniversary year, “When you have a powerful legacy such as Choithrams’, and when you have an ambitious path ahead thanks to the support of our customers, our partners, and stakeholders, how do you bring it all together in one graphic? We circled back to that one enduring value that continues to move us every day: Goodness. Choithrams’ 50-year infinity logo is the sum of 50 years’ worth of Goodness and care, and we hope it inspires you as much as it motivates us on our golden jubilee year.”

The brand offers a truly hybrid shopping experience to customers with more than 50 outlets at strategic locations in the UAE, a robust online presence at Choithrams.com, and an optimised mobile-first delivery network to reach customers through Instashop, Talabat, Deliveroo, El Grocer, Noon.

Apart from a significant retail footprint in the UAE and the GCC region including Bahrain, Qatar, and Oman, Choithrams integrates an impressive global network of distribution channels and manufacturing bases under one roof. Choithrams has built its reputation on the strength of decades-long relationships with leading suppliers and brands, representing category-leaders Rainbow, Mentos, Coca Cola, Quaker, Weetabix, Dabur, Amul, Betty Crocker, Haagen Dazs and many others.

On behalf of Al Rais Group Mr. Mohammad Ibrahim Al Rais said, “We have vivid memories of Choithrams from the 1970s. Its outlets on Wasl road and Bur Dubai buzzing with excitement as customers shop for their favourite imported grocery items and fresh produce, always seen first in its stores. Choithrams supermarkets hold an enduring place in the hearts and minds of UAE residents since that time. We cherish our partnership with Choithrams that became part of our family legacy and culture. We wish Choithrams more success stories for years to come.”

Choithrams is known for bringing Britain’s Tesco range of products, and Ireland’s SuperValu to the retail stores of UAE. It has now tied up with retail Sainsbury’s products as a preferred partner in the UAE, Bahrain, and Qatar.

Behind every moment of customer delight in the UAE and the region, there is an efficient system of trade support that Choithrams has grown over the past 50 years into a business advantage for partners, leveraging significant presence across trade channels.

Highlighting Choithrams’ manufacturing credentials, Rajiv Warrier said, “Our home-grown brands Goodness Foods and Leone are known for their reassuring quality.’’ Goodness Foods offers more than 500 products, including fresh fruits and vegetables, juices, dry fruits, groceries, and ready-to-eat meals. Leone Tea, blended and produced by an in-house team, makes its way to delight thousands of customers every day across more than 2000 cafeterias.

Choithrams’ decades-old Planet 7 Sustainability framework has led to the adoption of technology to sustainability goals while fostering the principle of Goodness.  It has helped to create positive social and environmental impact, to reduce waste, to harvest clean energy, and to stand next to communities in vulnerable situations. Interventions to bolster social inclusion and gender parity is already shaping into one of the biggest success stories of the retail sector.

Rehana Raj (Operations Head- Retail) says “We are extremely proud of our superwomen team and welcome you to visit our all-women run store in Dubai Marina, a-first-of-its-kind initiative in the UAE. This success story will only get bigger and become a benchmark operating model for the retail industry.”

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Dubai to Set Up Environment & Climate Change Authority

His Highness also issued directives to appoint Ahmed Mohammed bin Thani as the Director-General of the newly launched entity….reports Asian Lite News

His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President, Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai, issued directives to establish the Dubai Environment and Climate Change Authority, to further promote sustainable practices across sectors, to preserve biodiversity, and expand natural reserves and green spaces in the emirate. The initiative is aimed at creating a solid foundation for the green economy to flourish and enhance Dubai’s role in the global movement to combat climate change.

His Highness also issued directives to appoint Ahmed Mohammed bin Thani as the Director-General of the newly launched entity.

H.H. Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Crown Prince of Dubai and Chairman of Dubai Executive Council, emphasised Dubai’s commitment to becoming one of the world’s most environmentally resilient cities and setting an example for sustainable urban development. The newly established authority is aligned with the UAE’s objective to achieve climate neutrality by 2050, he said.

By deeply integrating the principles of economic, social, and environmental sustainability into its growth strategies, Dubai seeks to be at the global forefront of sustainable urban development. His Highness underscored the city’s dedication to harmonising rapid economic growth with environmental sustainability and resilience to future challenges. With this balanced approach, Dubai aspires to set a benchmark for cities worldwide, demonstrating how sustainable practices can drive prosperity, enhance the quality of life, and contribute to the global effort against climate change, His Highness added.

His Highness said the newly launched authority will be tasked with enhancing Dubai’s future preparedness by ensuring the highest standards of sustainable development and biodiversity preservation. He further said that Dubai has set itself the goal of becoming one of the world’s top-10 ranked cities in leading environmental and resource sustainability indices by 2033.

The new entity will implement strategic programmes to bolster the sustainability of natural resources in Dubai, optimise the use of local resources, conserve the emirate’s biodiversity, accelerate the development of the green economy, and reduce the carbon footprint.

The authority will also assist decision-makers in creating development policies, planning processes, and strategic performance metrics to ensure biodiversity protection, climate change mitigation, and enhanced food security.

The Dubai Environment and Climate Change Authority seeks to further the emirate’s environmental goals by expanding its green cover by 100 percent and increasing the area of protected areas and natural reserves by 60 percent by 2040. Moreover, it will prioritise the conservation of water resources and the adoption of sustainable waste management policies.

Addressing climate change and ensuring food security will be among the authority’s highest priorities. The authority will introduce resilient plans for the emirate’s infrastructure and services that integrate the principles of eco-friendliness and sustainability. These initiatives aim to safeguard the community against the adverse effects of accidents, disasters, and natural calamities.

The authority’s areas of focus extend to initiatives and policies geared towards achieving Dubai’s strategic environmental objectives, including a 100 percent shift to clean energy by 2050 and a 90 percent enhancement in air quality according to WHO guidelines by 2033.

Aligned with the objectives of Dubai’s Economic Agenda D33, the establishment of the Dubai Environment and Climate Change Authority seeks to raise the contribution of the circular and green economy to the emirate’s GDP. Moreover, the authority will further promote green finance initiatives and incentivise the financial sector and banks to prioritise and support green projects, in collaboration with key financial and economic organisations.

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Journey Through Dubai’s Lively Ramadan Districts

The vibrant and welcoming atmosphere of the markets adds to the joyous evenings and the spirit of togetherness during the Holy Month…reports Asian Lite News

This year, pleasant evening temperatures provide a splendid opportunity for residents and visitors to savour their evenings post-Iftar and explore an array of vibrant Ramadan markets across Dubai as part of the city-wide #RamadanInDubai campaign launched by the Dubai Media Council under the directives of His Highness Sheikh Ahmed bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Second Deputy Ruler of Dubai and Chairman of the Dubai Media Council (DMC).

Offering something for everyone, the city’s Ramadan markets allow families, friends, couples, and individuals to discover unique traditions and shop for distinctive gifts from local artisans and vendors. The vibrant and welcoming atmosphere of the markets adds to the joyous evenings and the spirit of togetherness during the Holy Month.

Lively vibe

Set in the heart of the city, with the stunning Museum of the Future providing the backdrop, the Ramadan District at Jumeirah Emirates Towers is just the place to experience Dubai’s lively vibe on a Ramadan night. There is the promise of wholesome family fun on moonlit nights, with the chance to discover more about the allure of Emirati and regional culture in the process. Featuring stalls set up by local designers, creative food offerings, daily events and activities, and a designated children’s play area, families can enjoy hours of togetherness and come away with memories to last a lifetime. Delicious Iftar and Suhoor meals will also be served each evening.     

The ever-popular Ramadan Souq organised by Dubai Municipality, as always, has plenty in store by way of household essentials and food specialities to help residents make their Ramadan truly special. The Old Municipality Street in Bur Deira is another place that offers a unique shopping experience, with an abundance of items to be found at great prices. There is also a mini marketplace showcasing items traditionally associated with Ramadan. Vibrant live entertainment shows draw visitors of all ages, and there are also fun activities youngsters can participate in.

Close by, City Walk, the open-air lifestyle destination that is home to hundreds of exclusive retailers and must-visit restaurants is hosting an unmissable Night Market. Located next to The Green Planet, it allows visitors to scour the shops for a variety of unique gifts that are perfect for the gifting season.

Then there is Ramadaniyat, at The Hub at Majlis Al Khawaneej, where families and friends can explore an array of food offerings from artisanal vendors. The whole experience is based upon trying out new flavours, soaking up the community atmosphere, and sharing time together long into the evening.

Across town, the Bay by Social Night Market at Dubai Festival City Mall is the place for visitors of all ages to immerse themselves in cultural workshops and activities, besides exploring a range of wares displayed by local vendors. A lavish Iftar is also served here as the famous Ramadan cannon signals sunset. With so much to see and explore, visitors have the liberty to stay back until Suhoor.

Range of activities

Over at Dubai Expo City, Hai Ramadan, one of Dubai’s biggest and most beloved events of the Holy Month, is back once more. Designed to depict a traditional Emirati community, more than 20 outlets and food carts showcase handicrafts, traditional garments and local delicacies. A truly authentic experience, a ‘grandmother’s supermarket’, known as a ‘Dukan Yadoo’, invites children to buy candy using tokens from a traditional ‘Floos bank’ – a popular payment system. Visitors can soak up the vibrant atmosphere and be part of celebrations all evening, with a diverse range of activities and options awaiting them, including Iftars and Suhoors across the destination’s outlets.

For those preferring an alternative daytime experience, the family-favourite Ripe Market heads to the Dubai Police Academy Park every Saturday and Sunday, allowing visitors to shop for Ramadan gifts from artisanal stalls. Local farms sell fresh organic produce, and guests can join craft workshops and wellness sessions, which are open to all ages, in a beautiful al fresco setting.

From 23 – 31 March, Al Serkal Avenue welcomes residents and visitors for a special Ramadan programme named ‘Stay a Little Longer.’ The event showcases transnational accounts of histories of diverse communities in the UAE. Visitors can explore a lively market featuring a rich variety of products, besides attending special talks, live music performances, an outdoor photographic exhibition, art tours, and workshops. Welcoming guests of all cultures and nationalities, the events and activities will unfold in a host of languages including Arabic, Hindi/Urdu, Malayalam, Tagalog, and English among others.

The #RamadanInDubai campaign brings the public and private sectors together for the first time for a unified celebration of the Holy Month. The Dubai Media Council has tasked Brand Dubai, the creative arm of the Government of Dubai Media Office (GDMO), with overseeing the campaign’s execution. The campaign has been designed to bring to the community the unique spirit, beauty and warmth of Ramadan and share the rich cultural heritage and traditions that are an integral part of celebrations during the Holy Month. The initiative also aims to create a unique ambience across the city that captures the true essence of Ramadan, reflecting the authentic Emirati customs and traditions that make the occasion truly special.

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Dubai, Abu Dhabi CPs Receive Ramadan Well-Wishers

During discussions with the guests, Hamdan said that Dubai’s economic achievements across sectors continue to reinforce the business community’s confidence in the economy’s sustained growth potential…reports Asian Lite News

H.H. Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Crown Prince of Dubai and Chairman of The Executive Council of Dubai, received Ramadan well-wishers at his Majlis in Nad Al Sheba, Dubai.

Sheikh Hamdan, in the presence of H.H. Sheikh Ahmed bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Second Deputy Ruler of Dubai, and many other officials, accepted the greetings of well-wishers who included ministers, senior officials and directors, businessmen, entrepreneurs, and investors.

During discussions with the guests, Hamdan said that Dubai’s economic achievements across sectors continue to reinforce the business community’s confidence in the economy’s sustained growth potential.

Thanks to the forward-looking vision of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President, Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai, Dubai has developed a resilient economic strategy centred around collaboration with the private sector, which promotes mutual success and growth, H.H. Sheikh Hamdan noted.

Emphasising the private sector’s role in supporting Dubai’s development journey, His Highness said that the strong partnerships between Dubai’s public and private sectors support the emirate in realising the objectives outlined in the Dubai Economic Agenda, D33.

The attendees conveyed their gratitude to the leadership for their steadfast commitment to supporting investors across diverse business sectors and their efforts to make Dubai the world’s best city to live, work and visit.

Meanwhile, His Highness Sheikh Khaled bin Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Chairman of the Abu Dhabi Executive Council, received this evening at Al Bateen Palace a group of well-wishers for the holy month of Ramadan.

He exchanged congratulations and blessings with the group, which included sheikhs and senior officials from various civil, military and security organisations, as well as dignitaries and citizens.

The well-wishers prayed for a bright and prosperous future for the nation under the leadership of President His Highness Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, and extended heartfelt wishes for enduring prosperity and blessings on Arab and Islamic nations worldwide.

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