Iftar meals being packed for distribution. For illustrative purposes only. Image Credit: Gulf News

Dubai: As many as 1,200 permits have been issued for the distribution of Iftar meals in Dubai, an official at the Islamic Affairs & Charitable Activities Department in Dubai has announced.

The department’s Director General Ahmed Darwish Al Muhairi said these permits will ensure that 1.2 million Iftar meals will be served per day.

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He also announced a range of activities that citizens and expat residents can benefit from during Ramadan.

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The events have been classified under four categories, namely Islamic, cultural community and charitable activities.

In addition to the traditional Dubai Readers initiative where renowned readers from both within and outside the UAE will lead the Taraweeh and Qiyaam prayers, a series of lectures in multiple languages will be held across mosques in the emirate to cater to the needs of worshippers, he said.

The activities will be part of the Ramadan in Dubai campaign launched under the guidance of His Highness Sheikh Ahmed bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Second Deputy Ruler of Dubai and Chairman of the Dubai Media Council.

Al Muhairi said, “We reaffirm our societal role and the entrusted responsibility following an Islamic approach that fosters closeness and love and promotes the spirit of peaceful coexistence among citizens and residents, both locally and globally.” 

This year’s Dubai Ramadan initiative incorporates social media programmes alongside interactive initiatives such as Our Crescent is in Our Home. Additionally, there will be television programmes in collaboration with Dubai Media Incorporated, such as Years in the Service of the Houses of Allah, he added.

Islamic and cultural events

This package encompasses a range of legal and scientific courses, including a Quran memorisation competition tailored for Dubai government employees, under the slogan “The Guardian Employee” in its third session. Additionally, there will be a knowledge enhancement programme and fatwa councils.

Community events

These events will target a diverse demographic. Among these are Hala Ramadan, We Break Our Fast Together, Dubai Pulse and At One Table, which aims to unite the youth. Also being featured is the inaugural edition of the Muezzin Al-Fareej event. Dubai Iftar will convene individuals from various religions and sects at a single table, constituting the region’s largest religious gathering.

Charitable activities

A number of charitable events have been planned to promote the culture of philanthropy. These include the Art of the Clothes Box. There will also be events integrating sports, health and donations, such as the Step of Life initiative.

The department has also revealed plans for organising and coordinating the largest human slogan as part of the Zayed Humanitarian Day.