Giving back in the United Arab Emirates

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During the holy month of Ramadan, which occurs on the ninth month of the lunar-based Islamic calendar, all Muslims are required to abstain from food and drink from dawn to dusk for 30 days.

At RLB in the Gulf States (UAE and Qatar) RLB employees traditionally gather for Iftar, which is an evening meal to break the fast.

This year was no different, however, before the evening meal to break the fast, RLB employees packed 200 boxes of grocery essentials and delivered them to construction labourers.

Martina Grubisa, Abdullah Rizwan and Monica Tumuhairwe visited the Labour Camp to distribute the boxes.

‘It was a perfect opportunity to give back to those in need and to embrace the spirit of Ramadan. We were humbled by the gratitude of the laborers who received these packages,’ said Martina.

During Ramadan observers reflect on their life and focus on sacrifice, discipline and cleansing during daylight hours. 

Fasting allows Muslims to test their self-restraint and to control their desires.

It serves as a reminder to distinguish between ‘needs’ and ‘wants’ and to live a balanced life, free from excess and extravagance. 

At sunset, when the fast is broken, many communities come together to feast and share each other’s company. 

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