The time of Ramadan always calls for a lifestyle re-shift in Qatar; for those who fast and for those who don’t.
It’s a time for cultural awakening and understanding along with being a great opportunity for non-muslims to further orient with Qatar's values as a whole.
To help you navigate your way through this Ramadan, the ILoveQatar.net (ILQ) team is here with a list of activities to engage in to make sure you make the most of this unique time of the year in a country that does it their own way.
If the weather is on your side, heading out for an Iftar outdoors will be a relaxing way to break your fast. The cool hours of sundown at any of the green parks in Doha while hearing the call to prayer without interruption is a blissful experience of its own.
This is a great time of gathering for non-muslims also to set out on a picnic to observe and join in the experience.
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A great way to join in the spirit of Ramadan is to visit any of the Iftar and Sohour tents with friends and family. It's a chance to enjoy some traditional Ramadan food, along with cultural staples.
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Be it a Muslim looking to further their Islamic knowledge or a non-muslim seeking an introduction or understanding of Islam; Ramadan is a good time to attend lectures that are organized around the city. While many mosques arrange for the same; events can also be sought through organizations such as Al Fanar or Hamad Bin Khalifa University (HBKU).
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A highly encouraging way to ensure everybody is a part of this spiritual season would be to come together for Iftars. It's time to learn more about the cultural differences, food choices and traditions.
Feel free to treat your friends to an Iftar in a way that you deem best and enjoy the celebratory yet pious experience.
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The time of Ramadan is one that always pulls the busiest of families together. Come together for your Iftar or Sohour meal or even sit with them until prayer times for some chuckles, heartfelt conversations or just to catch up.
While most likely, this is going to be after the time of Iftar, a cup of tea or coffee to accompany these precious moments will make it better.
While it is an occasion to spend time in devotional ways, it is also good to engage in light-hearted leisure activities that may not be overly time-consuming.
Interacting with friends and family through activities such as puzzle-making, or painting would be a great way to bring people together, and to make it relevant keep it Ramadan-themed.
The time of Ramadan is one that many opt for to make that lifestyle or routine change. Getting that brisk walk or brief cardio workout just before Iftar or after is much preferred.
Given the reduction in working hours and more time to spare; this is a recommended time for non-muslims to also implement those changes and get on with some fitness activities.
During Ramadan, it would be ideal to visit the many events organized by multiple entities around Doha that bring to life the spirit of Ramadan.
Ramadan bazaars, book fairs and many other events are also a supportive platform for aspiring local talent. Attending these give you a chance to do your share of community support.
Get to know the activities around Doha this Ramadan by visiting: Ramadan.qa
After a day-long of fasting, a leisure drive with Karak in hand, to the many Ramadan eateries in the middle of the night is a fun experience.
However, this is also an intriguing activity for non-muslims to visit the many locations that thrive at night in Doha during Ramadan such as Katara and The Pearl-Qatar as it is an opportunity to admire the festive decorations while treating yourself to some delicacies the outlets have to offer.
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The hour before Iftar tends to be a bustling time for one to enjoy the pre-Iftar buzz. If you are new to Qatar and want to understand what the food scene is like in older Doha, head to the streets in areas like Matar Qadeem or Najma which houses some of the best eateries that serve street-style Ramadan specials.
Ramadan brings to life the spirit of giving and you can truly live it by volunteering in many charity drives that take place across Doha. Collaborate with official charity organizations or community groups, or even step out to the streets with food packs personally put together to hand out and you will really find yourself content post the experience.
A simple act of kindness would be to help your security guard, cleaners, domestic workers, delivery boys or anybody that makes your day to day life easy.
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Did these activities get you in the spirit of Ramadan? Which of these would be making it to your Ramadan schedule? Let us know in the comments section. And don't forget to like and share this article- it keeps us going!
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