The holy month of Ramadan has started in Dubai last week. Other than the heavier than usual traffic and our office boy not doing the usual daily serving of milk tea, nothing much has changed. Well, most of the shops and cafeterias are closed during daytime and onto sunset but since I am bringing a sandwich at work, I am not so bothered.
Yesterday we went for grocery shopping at Deira City Center. The number of shoppers present has not declined. Businesses went as usual but coffee shops are closed.
We went to Carrefour and finished picking the things on our list. After about an hour, we decided it’s time to hit the food court, as per our little boss’s orders.
It was dark. From far, I could see that only some fast-food chains were open: KFC, McDonalds, Subway, Hardees, Pizza Hut, Krispy Kreme and Burger King. The rest of the food court is covered in darkness. All access to the dining area were blocked. The Japanese food chain, the Lebanese restaurant, the Indian cafeteria stood still.
People lined up in Burger King so I decided to do the same. I’d prefer BK than McDonalds anyway, if I really had to. At the counter was a big, bad sign that read: “Take Away ONLY.” Hmmm, that sounds intriguing and my growling stomach refused to digest that thought.
The lady confirmed my fear. After taking my order, she told me no one should eat in public. Sure no one will shoot me down if I do but it would be disrespectful and the wide, angry eyes would stop you anyway. Children are allowed to drink or munch something but adults should observe and respect the fasting month of Ramadan.
The burgers with freshly grilled angus beef smelled twice as nice now.
I went back to my daughter waiting impatiently. I gave her the fries and she reached for the still deliciously warm burger. I had no other choice but gulp down a lot of saliva and imagine the taste of food in my mouth (Ah, the weakness of man!) while we proceeded to wait for taxi.
Lesson learned: At least until October 12, eat at home first then shop later.
So, how far can you go (how many hours) without food and water?