Weekend in Review: Kicking off Ramadan 2015

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The first weekend of Ramadan 2015 in Dubai was accompanied with the beginnings of several popular activities for the Holy Month, as well as the Elite Squash event. Here’s what you might have missed over the weekend in Dubai.

Elite Squash UAE Held During Ramadan 2015

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The Elite Squash Festival included a knockout tournament for all skill levels.

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The UAE Squash Association held its Elite Squash Festival UAE from June 18-20, during the first weekend of Ramadan 2015. The family-friendly event provided an entertaining and athletic outlet for squash enthusiasts and introduced newcomers to the sport. The fun-filled weekend included a knockout tournament, free coaching and squash demonstrations, activities for kids, exhibition matches and more. Two of the top 50 PSA players were at the event as well.

Holy Quran Award


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Dr. Abdul Kafi kicked off this year’s lecture series for the Holy Quran Award during the first weekend of Ramadan 2015.

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The first weekend of Ramadan 2015 also brought with it the start of The 19th annual Holy Quran Award. The series includes 22 lectures, which will be held through July 4. This year there are three venues for the lectures: the Indian Academic School in Muhaisanah, the Women Renaissance Society and the Dubai Chamber of Commerce and Industry. All of the lectures are scheduled to begin at 10:30 p.m. following the Taraweeh Prayers.

Dr. Abdul Kafi kicked off the series during Ramadan 2015 at the Women Renaissance Society on Thursday with a lecture about how Islam honors women. On Friday, he spoke at the Dubai Chamber of Commerce and Industry about the “boats” of salvation in life and after life. Shaikh Saleh Al Maghamsi spoke about the trustworthiness of the Prophet Muhammad at the Women Renaissance Society.

On Saturday night, Eng Abdul Dayem Al Kaheel spoke on scientific facts that can be found in the Quran.

Iftar at SMCCU during Ramadan 2015

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Reservations are recommended for the daily Iftar at the Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Centre for Cultural Understanding during Ramadan 2015.

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The Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Centre for Cultural Understanding kicked off its daily Iftar for the Holy Month of Ramadan 2015 on Saturday. The daily Iftar is held throughout Ramadan 2015 in the Old Bur Dubai’s Al Fahidi Historic District at the wind-tower house.

Non-Muslims joined with Muslims to learn about Iftar, Athan, Ramadan, and other cultural traditions of the UAE. After Iftar was served, guests strolled around the Al Fahidi historical site. The event continues until July 15. Due to the popularity of the event, it is highly suggested that you make reservations in advance.