Dubai Sikh temple cooks Ramadan meals for Muslims

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Visitors gather to break their fast at the Guru Nanak Darbar Sikh temple, during the Muslim holy month of Ramadan in Dubai, United Arab Emirates May 23, 2019. (Reuters)
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Visitors gather to break their fast at the Guru Nanak Darbar Sikh temple, during the Muslim holy month of Ramadan in Dubai, United Arab Emirates May 23, 2019. (Reuters)
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Muslims break their fast at the Guru Nanak Darbar Sikh temple, during the Muslim holy month of Ramadan in Dubai, United Arab Emirates May 23, 2019. (Reuters)
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Men chant during prayers at the Guru Nanak Darbar Sikh temple, during the Muslim holy month of Ramadan in Dubai, United Arab Emirates May 23, 2019. (Reuters)
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Food prepared for Iftar at the Guru Nanak Darbar Sikh temple, during the Muslim holy month of Ramadan in Dubai, United Arab Emirates May 23, 2019. (Reuters)
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A man walks past the GuruNanak Darbar Sikh temple in Dubai, United Arab Emirates on May 26, 2019. (Reuters)
Updated 27 May 2019

Dubai Sikh temple cooks Ramadan meals for Muslims

DUBAI: A Sikh temple in Dubai has opened its doors to Muslims during Islam’s fasting month of Ramadan, offering them room to pray and a free meal to break their daily fast.
The Guru Nanak Darbar gurdwara — a place of worship in the Sikh religion — is building on Sikhism’s core principles of giving and eating together, which sees temples all over the world cook free meals, known as langar, for whoever wants them every day of the year.
“This is the best way to show to the world that we are all one. Whether you are Hindu, Muslim or Christian it doesn’t matter, you are first a human being,” said Bubbles Kandhari, vice chairperson of the gurdwara.
In previous years the gurdwara had offered the Muslim iftar meal on just one day during Ramadan, but as 2019 has been designated the Year of Tolerance by the United Arab Emirates government, the temple is offering the meal for Muslims breaking their fast every evening.
Muslim cousins Shuaib and Akil, both Indian nationals living in the UAE, brought their families to the gurdwara for iftar after seeing a video on social media.
“Normally we go to our mosque every day, but it is only for our community,” said Akil. “I was very interested to see where all the people come together and to show my kids.”
While Sikhs and other attendees ate their langar meals on the floor on one side of the room after a worship session, Muslims broke their fast at tables on the other side after their own prayer session inside the temple.


Emirati singer Ahlam boasts necklace worth $7 million in Saudi Arabia

Ahlam Shamsi took to the stage in Saudi Arabia for an unforgettable performance. (Instagram)
Updated 28 January 2020

Emirati singer Ahlam boasts necklace worth $7 million in Saudi Arabia

DUBAI: This week, Emirati singer Ahlam Shamsi took to the stage in Saudi Arabia for an unforgettable performance that closed out the Kingdom’s Riyadh Season.

For the occasion, the coach of the “The Voice: Ahla Sawt” wore several looks, including an elegant black Zuhair Murad gown that closed the event on a glamorous note. She was bedecked in jewels, including an emerald necklace by Lebanese-born American jeweler Samer Halimeh that is reportedly worth $7 million — Shamsi’s choice of accessories dazzled with megastar wattage during the concert.

The custom-made statement necklace boasted 380 carats of intense yellow diamonds alongside rare Colombian green emeralds. Six months in the making, the attention-grabbing bauble was a joint effort between the jewelry house’s New York and London ateliers. She paired the tailor-made piece with matching drop-down earrings from the fine jewelry label.

“An unforgettable night of grandiose performance by the Queen @ahlamalshamsi who made a breathtaking entrance with @samerhalimehny jewelry,” wrote the brainchild behind the necklace on his Instagram page.

After her show, the singer was presented with a gold shield from Saudi’s General Entertainment Authority as a tribute to her career that launched 25 years ago.