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11-day expo offers free entry for all
Dubai’s night market during the holy month of Ramadan is all set to open its doors on Thursday, July 17, at Dubai World Trade Centre.
Running till July 27, the 11-day expo will run from 8pm till 2am everyday with an easy access and free parking for visitors near Za’abeel Hall.
The expo will have over 350 outlets showcasing home-grown and international brands with product categories ranging from clothing, fashion, accessories, cosmetics, health & beauty products, jewellery, perfumes, leather products, healthcare, electronics, toys & childcare, educational products, gift items, Eid gifts, souvenirs, collectibles, art, automobiles a variety of seasonal & festive food and many more exciting items.
The entry is free entry for all.
Sunil Jaiswal, CEO of Sumansa Exhibitions, organisers of Ramadan Night Market, said: “We have come a long way since our inaugural edition in 2012, we are bigger, better and more exciting marketplace with matchless family bonding opportunities. People are eagerly waiting for the market to begin and we aim to provide visitors great ambience, unique shopping experience, great deals and offers from participating retailers coupled with fun, food, excitement and many surprises”.
Expecting a footfall of about 100,000 visitors over 11 days, some of the leading exhibitors to be seen at the event include du, Etisalat, Lifestyle Fine Jewelry, N. GopaldasDiamond Jewellers, Sona Bazar, Tia Fashions, Cool & Cool, Bellissimo General Trading, Hamasat Accessories, Aneeq Fashions, Yallamomos, Bikanerwala, Pizza Express, Cha Cha Chai, Gelato Divino, Mr. Wok, ChatoriGali, Lipton, Belhasa Driving Center, Emirates Driving Institute, Gold’s Gym International etc. among others.
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The holy month is here which means many Muslims, throughout the UAE, are fasting. It is a common misconception to cut back on all exercise during this time when in reality, whether fasting or not, it’s still important to keep healthy, maintain energy levels and to remain active. Continuing to exercise will help you to maintain mizan, or balance, which is achieved when the physical, mental and spiritual lives work in unison.
This week, Guillaume Mariole, from Ignite fitness & wellness, shares some advice to keep you on the right track when making food, exercise and wellness choices.
Exercise is Good. Contrary to popular belief, if you are fasting exercise is in fact good for you; it is both energising and revitalising and can also help to distract you from thinking constantly about food and drink.
Furthermore, many people find they gain weight during Ramadan as once the fast is broken in the evening, food is consumed in abundance and then sleep overtakes you, causing your body to slow down.
To avoid weight gain and to keep up with your routine, follow these 15 tips for exercise and iftar:
1-Adjust your fitness goals if fasting. You will have less energy so don’t commit to over ambitious fitness goals. Strive instead to maintain your current level of fitness.
2-Consistency rather than intensity. The first week you may feel that your energy levels are not disturbed however this is not the case. Instead you should reduce your exercise regime by half and maintain this level for the whole month. Don’t burn yourself out and then lose motivation and energy to get through the month.
3-Yoga, pilates and swimming are great choices as they won’t lead to excessive sweating and dehydration.
4-Reduce the intensity of your workouts – this will put less stress on your body and help you to remain consistent throughout the month.
5-If you wish to weight-train, do so after breaking your fast and then consume a protein-shake immediately afterwards. This will encourage your body to lose fat and not muscle.
6-Work out your work outs – adapt your exercise plans to fit in with your Ramadan schedule. Plan to exercise when you have the most energy or a few hours before breaking your fast, when you know you can soon re-fuel.
7-Listen to your body and don’t push yourself too far. If you feel light-headed, stop whatever you are doing.
8- Iftars need not necessarily be associated with over-consumption, heartburn and indigestion.
9- Dates and dried fruits are a fantastic choice when fasting; they are absorbed quickly and are high in carbs, therefore giving you energy, iron, to help combat anaemia, and vitamins B & D.
10- Juices help correct water balance in the body and the sugars provide a quick shot of energy.
11- Soup has similar benefits to juices although avoid rich, creamy options and choose clear soups, which are easy to digest. Lentil soup is an all-time Ramadan favourite and is full of healthy ingredients.
12-Yoghurt is known for its cleansing properties and also has great digestion benefits.
13-Foul takes pride on both Iftar and suhour tables and it’s easy to see why. It is inexpensive, high in protein filing and most importantly very energising.
14-Fruits and vegetables are fibre-rich and slow to digest so should not be forgotten. If you think you might not be getting enough, a comprehensive multi-vitamin is a good idea.
15-Nuts need not be entirely avoided. The body needs fats and nuts have the unsaturated (healthy) fats. Almonds and walnuts are the best options as they have the most positive effect on balancing blood cholesterol which is a big problem here in the UAE.
Make this Ramadan the perfect opportunity to exercise discipline and self-restraint and to detox your body, kick a bad habit or shed a few pounds.
Originally published on http://www.arabianbusiness.com
Fasting is an old ritual observed in many cultures, traditions, and religions, including but not limited to, Christianity, Hinduism, and Judaism. People in different traditions do it for many reasons, some of which, spiritual growth, reconnect with God to seek his blessings, and to be able to achieve self-control.
Although it is by no means is an easy task, especially when most of us have work to do, events to attend, and other obligations, we must persevere through them to excel in our faith and seek God’s blessings.
As for Muslims, I believe that if we have a deep understanding of why fasting is prescribed, it will have a positive effect on our souls and bodies. One of the most important aspects of Syam is to increase our consciousness of God. By depriving our bodies from necessary needs it reminds us of our weak nature in comparison to God. Fasting allows oneself to become less demanding and more humble through their increased awareness. Fasting binds the poor and the rich together, where the rich feel the everyday struggles of the poor, making society stronger.
In addition to the spiritual gains, research shows that Routine-Periodic Fasting contributes to the overall health. In a recent study at the Intermountain Heart Institute, they found that fasting could prevent coronary heart disease, eliminate bad cholesterol, and thus reduce risk of diabetes and cardiovascular diseases.
There are many challenges to fasting, especially if you have a job. You will be probably sleeping less hours at night, long hours of fasting during the summer, it is hot and humid. Yet, the struggle that we go through during the fast is what really strengthen our faith.
“It is difficult, that is the purpose so to speak, to struggle in order to truly understand the blessings you take for granted” Tamer Al-Amour, a Law clerk in the Civil Rights Department at CAIR-Chicago said, when asked about work and fasting.
Ramadan, is a good time for us to reflect on the purpose of our lives, find some time to pray, read Quran, and reconnect with, friends, relatives, family members who we haven’t seen in a while.“Ramadan is a time of reflection, so it forces me to reevaluate my actions and work harder to become a better person” Sara Abdeljalil, a Communication Intern for CAIR-Chicago, said, when asked about change in Ramadan. I really hope that all of us get the maximum benefit of this month of mercy.
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With the knockout rounds of the World Cup coinciding with the beginning of Ramadan, Muslim players must decide whether to observe the month-long religious fast which began on Sunday.
France, Germany, Switzerland, Belgium, Algeria and Nigeria are among the teams that have Muslim players who may choose to observe the 30-day period of fasting and reflection.
Such a scenario could play havoc with the tightly-controlled diets of elite professional athletes, especially in the hot, humid conditions in which some World Cup games in Brazil are being played.
“The challenge is mainly trying to maintain hydration on a daily basis, and secondly trying to maintain energy levels,” Emma Gardner, performance nutritionist at the English Institute of Sport, told ReuterS.
“Muscle mass is also an issue. Research suggests that people can lose muscle mass through the period of Ramadan, although it tends to be during the early period,” she said.
Gardner’s comments appear to be at odds with those of Jiri Dvorak, FIFA’s chief medical officer, who told a media briefing on Monday that players observing the fast should not suffer any deterioration in their physical condition.
“We have made extensive studies of players during Ramadan, and the conclusion was that if Ramadan is followed appropriately, there will be no reduction in the physical performances of players,” Dvorak told reporters.
All healthy adult Muslims are expected to observe the month-long fast, although exceptions can be made and the fast postponed. One player who has made up his mind is Germany’s Mesut Ozil.
“Ramadan starts on Saturday, but I will not take part because I am working,” he told a press conference on Wednesday.
Nutritionist Gardner has previously worked with a player from the British hockey team who fasted during a major tournament. She describes her experience with the athlete as being “a case study” in how to handle the issue.
“For players observing the fast during the World Cup, the optimal timing for games would be evening kickoffs, as it’s closest to the time when they can replenish and rehydrate,” she said, explaining strategies to offset the impact of fasting.
“Some athletes choose to use mouth rinsing, where they basically rinse their mouth our with water but don’t ingest any,” said Gardner, who has previously worked with English soccer club Blackburn Rovers.
“There is research to show that there are cognitive benefits, it makes them feel like they’re drinking. Otherwise you can use things like cold towels to help them cool down.”
Dehydration can have a negative effect on performance, with a loss of one to two per cent of body fluids by weight leading to problems with concentration.
However, the nutritionist said that the best way to help fasting players was to consult with their coaches to ensure that their physical activity and recovery were properly planned, recommending they train only once a day.
“Ideally, from looking into research, the best time for athletes who are partaking in Ramadan to train is either early in the morning or late at night, as near to a time when they can hydrate and eat.”
Refuelling the body under such circumstances is not easy, as a whole day’s intake has to be made up during the hours of darkness.
“I found at the break of the fast, to get back to a hydrated state the athlete had to drink around six litres of fluid,” Gardner said. “Standard guidelines say two and a half to three litres of fluid a day, so many people are surprised when they hear six.
“On its own, that amount of water can have a diuretic effect, so we had to make sure there was some sodium or that it was consumed with food.”
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The Holy month of Ramadan is just around the corner, and once again, it lands on the longest days of the year.
Starting off, it is always a beautiful feeling of community, peace and spirituality. But as the hours go by and the long summer days roll past, we can easily forget the positive aspects of fasting and get fixated on feelings of hunger and frustration.
To tackle these emotions and ground ourselves again, it might be a good idea to familiarise ourselves with an ancient Eastern art called “mindfulness.”
Mindfulness is dedicated to helping us clear our minds of modern clutter and learn to be thankful for what we have rather than obsessing over what we don’t.
The practice is often defined as paying attention to purpose, moment by moment, without judging, and in this case, it is remembering why we chose to actively take part in fasting.
Eckhart Tolle, the author of The Power of Now: A Guide to Spiritual Enlightenment, emphasises the importance of living in the present moment and avoiding thoughts of past or future.
“As soon as you honour the present moment, all unhappiness and struggle dissolves, and life begins to flow with joy and ease. When you act out the present-moment awareness, whatever you do becomes imbued with a sense of quality, care, and love – even the simplest action,” he wrote.
Tolle’s theory and book, which is still on bestseller lists, has been recommended by Oprah Winfrey and translated into 33 languages. The book explains the philosophy, which originates from ancient Eastern practices and has become very popular in the West, and how to use it as a means to dramatically improve our wellbeing, performance and daily life.
Becoming more aware of our thoughts, feelings and sensations may not sound like an obviously helpful thing to do – however learning to do it in a way that suspends judgment can have surprising results.
Imagine being able to practice awareness of your thoughts and feelings, to have complete control instead of feeling anxious, fearful or worrying.
Think of mindfulness as a way of responding to fasting – with patience, openness, and compassion.
It is simply being aware of what is happening right now without wishing it were different.
A special health report published by Harvard Health Publications, titled Positive Psychology: Harnessing the Power of Happiness, Personal Strength, and Mindfulness, shows that increasing your capacity for mindfulness supports many attitudes that contribute to a satisfied life.
The report states that practicing mindfulness is the key element in happiness that improves both mental and physical health, helps people to a place of acceptance and can bring astonishing changes to behaviours, habits, thoughts and emotions. It empowers people to feel more optimistic, positive, confident and patient.
And the best things about acquiring this skill set is that once you have learnt to manage your mind and be more mindful, you’ve got the skills for life.