Top 10 Things to do during Ramadan for Teenagers
Ibrahim Alhammad shares some helpful tips for his fellow teenager to make the holy month of Ramadan a wonderful experience
Ramadan is certainly a special time in Dubai and the UAE, and you'll definitely feel it. There's a lot that teenagers can do during Ramadan in Dubai to keep themselves occupied, and adjust to the change of the Holy Month.
(Ibrahim with Uncle Saeed and HRH Fazza)
Here, Ibrahim Alhammad, a 16-year old teenager who is the son of the Vice-Chairman of the Dubai Police Committee, Lieutenant Colonel Masoud Alhammad, and the youngest director of their own private zoo in Sharqan, Sharjah, shares some helpful tips for his fellow teenager to make the holy month of Ramadan a wonderful experience:
1. Catch up with a new series
We all know that as teens, we barely have any time to watch some of our favourite TV shows with revision and exams. But during Ramadan, our time is endless. Sit down on the couch and catch up with some TV shows, we know we will surely be watching some Netflix! Some shows even come out during the off season.
(Ibrahim with Viral Chef CZN Burak)
2. Break the fast
When night time kicks in, sit down and relax at some of the best restaurants in Dubai that feature some of the best Iftar meals. Probably the best thing during Ramadan is the Iftar meals, which are massive feasts to break the fast in Ramadan. So head down to your favourite restaurant with the family to have some of the best meals of the year.
3. No one is around
Go skiing with your mates. Some cafes might be close, however the slopes are pretty much empty and newly layered snow does feel amazing. Also, you won’t have to bother with speeding skiers or snowboarders that are out of control on the rails and kickers as most of them are either fasting or at home. Go wild and spread out on the empty slopes as if you were in an isolated mountain in the middle of Switzerland.
(Ibrahim holding a book authored by His Highness Sheikh Mohammad bin Rashid Al Maktoum )
4. Finish something
That game you’ve always wanted to finish, cook that dish you’ve always wanted but never had the time, do a puzzle, or read an inspiring book!
5. Sort out the house
We don't have Spring here so do some cleaning, sort out and file all those photos you have on your iPhone, go out and buy stuff for your room. Always wanted surround sound in your room?
6. Start a new project
Make bracelets with your friends or family members. Want to be a designer? Make some hipster tie-dye shirts or design and make clothing. You could maybe even make something with your parents so you can buy some materials from Satwa to build a tree house or a shed; this is a good time for you to have a laugh with your folks.
7. Water parks
Since most people are out of the country, there is a good chance that nearly all the parks will be very unpopulated and possibly even empty. This gives you the chance to organise a small gathering with some friends who are out & about in Dubai and enjoy every aspect of a water park without the hassle of having to deal with other people.
In addition to this, the month of Ramadan brings wild discounts to the counter, meaning you could be spending less than half the normal price of a ticket that sells at another time during the year.
8. The gym
With less people around, what does that mean? That's right, a whole gym without queues! Which means you don't have to wait for that person to finish using the machine that you have been waiting to use for 10 minutes. You can use it straight away without having the pleasure of dealing with the remnants of another person's salty sweat. And for those who made a new year's resolution to lose weight, become fitter or maybe just visit the gym, here is your chance to do it!
As mentioned earlier, Ramadan brings discounts that can make items less than half the average stock price. Of course, shops do this because they know most people will be leaving the country for a little while. This means you can fill out your cabinet with clothes that you never wanted to buy earlier because you were too busy, or maybe just too lazy… Basically, this is a time to go bargain hunting.
10. Try fasting for a day
For non-muslim teenagers, it will give you an insight to what your Muslim friends are doing; can you fast for a day? Do you have what it takes to bear the cries of your desperate stomach, the rumbles of hunger and the temptations for the morning feast? Try it out and at least you will have done something to talk about during Ramadan.
(Ibrahim with Uncle Saeed while hunting in the desert)