Malaysian brotherhood and fraternity at a previous Open House for the Eid Al Fitr celebrations organised at the Malaysian Embassy in Abu Dhabi.
Mariecar Jara-Puyod, Senior Reporter
Eid Al Fitr on Tuesday again became the reason for Malaysians in Abu Dhabi and the Western Region for camaraderie and for re-strengthening their ties.
Malaysian Embassy officials led by Ambassador Syed Mohammad Hasrin Tengku Hussin hosted the customary communal prayers and feasting, known as “Open House.”
Maintenance engineer Muhammad Zamry, ADNOC Drilling archiving specialist Adly Izmail Karim and their families were among those who went there and took part in the bonding and traditional home-cooked fare such as Ketupat (cooked rice wrapped in young palm leaves), Rendang (spicy meat dish), and Serunding (meat floss with or without grated coconut).
Zamry from Kuala Lumpur was excited to meet up with his fellow Malaysians at the embassy: “We were in our traditional clothes. It was home away from home as we gathered for the prayers and our traditional food.”
He was looking forward to visiting friends at the capital.
Karim from Kuala Terengganu specifically mentioned their home-cooked Serunding: “It is our fourth year here in the UAE. Part of this special affair is forgiveness. We do that by asking sincerely for it and shaking hands with each other’s.”
Malaysian Embassy Counsellor Anis Wajdi Mohammad Yusof and his family from Putrajaya arrived for his Abu Dhabi posting five months back and so this is their first Eid Al Fitr in the country.
“As a diplomat, assisting in the Open House is part of our unofficial duties. I and my family are taking advantage of the week-long holiday to get to know more of our brothers here and to get (acquainted) with how the locals observe the Eid.”
Etihad Airways-Aircraft Programmes manager Abdul Shukor Ismail from Alor Setar, Kedah defined Eid Al Fitr as the “big day” wherein the men don their traditional attire called “Baju Melaya” as the counterpart for women is termed as “Baju Kurung.”
“It is a celebration of love, family and above all, (gratefulness) to Allah,” he added.
For Directional Drilling supervisor Kama Azlan Muhammad, it was a day of home visits and reflection: “As we ended the Holy Month of Ramadan, have we become much better human beings? I and my family also prayed for our beloved who have left us.”
Indonesians in Dubai and the Northern Emirates are looking at spending time with their countrymen at the Consulate General of the Republic of Indonesian in Al Hudaiba, Dubai this first day of the Eid Al Fitr.
From dazzling fireworks to fun-filled family entertainment and Meraas Eidiya Gift Card giveaways, Eid Al Fitr was a truly special occasion across Meraas destinations this year.
With the starting of the Eid Al Fitr holidays, residents visit malls and enjoy an array of activities as well as win big prizes.
Key stakeholders in child welfare have strongly recommended a more socially-driven and collaborative approach to create community awareness to ensure child safety.
Hazza Al Mansoori, the first Emirati astronaut who is preparing to take off for the International Space Station (ISS) on Sept.25, said, “This mission is a great responsibility upon me, through which and the other future missions, I will do my best to help enrich science and knowledge with scientific experiments that will be conducted on the ISS in partnership with the competent teams from different countries.”
Dr Abdulaziz Almusallam, Chairman of the Sharjah Institute of Heritage (SIH), revealed details of the 19th edition of the Sharjah International Narrator Forum at a press conference organised by the institute on Tuesday morning in the SIH offices. The forum is expected to commence on Sept.24 at the Sharjah Expo Center and will last for three days.