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House of Wisdom’s Ramadaniyat outdoor souq is back in Sharjah

Warm and glowing lanterns adorn the gorgeous Ramadaniyat venue.

Gulf Today, Staff Reporter

After the resounding success of its debut edition last year, the House of Wisdom (HoW) has set up its vibrant outdoor Ramadaniyat bazaar once again, offering families and other members of the UAE community an incredible opportunity to enjoy a blessed tradition of the Holy Month unique to Emirati culture.

Running every evening from 8pm – 2am until April 2, this Ramadaniyat Souq is a unique opportunity to immerse oneself in the traditions of Ramadan and enjoy cultural programmes, children’s activities, unique shopping experiences, food and coffee at outdoor cafes, retail booths, and workshop spaces set up against the majestic backdrop of the UAE’s library of the future.

Adorned with warm and glowing lanterns, the gorgeous Ramadaniyat venue aptly celebrates HoW’s theme for the Holy Month this year, which is ‘Giving’. Part of the proceeds of every purchase made by visitors to the event, be it through book buying or acquiring an HoW membership, will be donated by the cultural centre to Kalimat Foundation’s ‘Adopt a Library’ initiative.

The initiative was launched by the Sharjah-based global nonprofit to revive and enrich libraries in under-resourced communities across the Arab world and also improve Arab children’s access to quality books and reading material in their mother tongue.

 The venue is a big attraction for Emiratis and expatriates alike.

A series of special edutainment activities will engage children who will be able to explore their creativity as well as learn more about the cultural traditions of the Holy Month at several workshops including Ramadan-inspired baking, and lantern and pottery making.

These workshops seek to help promote the spirit of the community, strengthen the family bond, and popularise traditional foods of Ramadan. Moreover, HoW’s popular ‘Little Readers’ corner is buzzing with activity – workshops and special activities at special discounted rates that will enable young ones to develop essential life skills. Seeking to raise awareness among young visitors about the significance of giving and solidarity, HoW has created a special Ramadaniyat Kit inspired by Hala Mohamed Al Turk’s work Ramadaniyat. The kit offers a daily activity calendar that will engage children in value instilling pursuits during the Holy Month.

HoW’s Ramadaniyat is also celebrating UAE entrepreneurs affiliated to the Sharjah Entrepreneurship Centre (Sheraa) and Sharjah Business Women Council (SBWC) who will be featuring their members at the vibrant, free-to-enter bazaar.

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