There’s a lot more to the holy month of Ramadan than fasting. It’s a time when Dubai unifies co-existence and tolerance by people from all walks of life, breaking their fast together, and Khalid Al Ameri proves how the holy month brings the community together.
Iftar at Gurudwara
Until 2019, the Guru Nanak Darbar Sikh Gurudwara used to host an annual iftar to celebrate the holy month of Ramadan, serving free vegetarian meals to everybody, disregard of their age, religion or status. This year, the Gurudwara is serving Iftar daily, in line with UAE’s national initiative, ‘Year of Tolerance.’
Watch Khalid Al Ameri’s experience at the Gurudwara
You might know Khalid Al Ameri for his heartwarming talks about the UAE, and this time, he headed to the Guru Nanak Darbar to show how they transform into a mosque during the holy month and serve iftar to everyone. He said, “In a world that’s starting to feel more and more divided every day, this evening was like a breath of fresh air. It is a strong message to everyone in the world of what is possible when we open up our hearts to each other even if they necessarily don’t necessarily believe in the same things we do.”
Dubai “an example for the whole world”
2019 has seen some ground-breaking moments to show how tolerance is such an important aspect for the UAE, such as hosting His Holiness Pope Francis last February and announcing the development of a BAPS temple in Abu Dhabi. A member of the Guru Nanak Darbar talked about how His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Ruler of Dubai, made the city an “example for the whole world” for tolerance. He said, “Dubai is a place where the vision of His Highness is so great. Allah has blessed in that way he has a tolerance for all religions. This is an example for the whole world to see that humanity is the first thing.”