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Millhouse May 15th 2018 7:18 am

Ramadan
 

The moon boys are out tonight after the Maghrib prayer, could be called tonight.


I love Ramadan, my favourite time of the year and sadly I'm going to be away for about 2 weeks of it this year.


uk_grenada May 15th 2018 7:39 am

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What is it about Ramadan that makes it so enjoyable? I understand the religious significance but im guessing that isnt what you refer to? I really only experienced it decades ago in Iran which - believe me - wasnt much fun for an infidel.

Millhouse May 15th 2018 7:54 am

Re: Ramadan
 

Originally Posted by uk_grenada (Post 12499750)
What is it about Ramadan that makes it so enjoyable? I understand the religious significance but im guessing that isnt what you refer to? I really only experienced it decades ago in Iran which - believe me - wasnt much fun for an infidel.

1. It doesn't affect my daily routine in anyway.
2. The gyms will be empty when I go at lunchtime
3. People are chilled and a bit reflective ... or simply exhausted
4. It's a good time to reflect personally too, even if I'm not religious. I use the time to focus on some personal development activities.
5. I generally just like the feel of the place around this time.

I also like to see people being so committed to something - it's quite interesting to watch.

Irishbeekeeper May 15th 2018 8:31 am

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I always enjoy this month. Part of it is because I lay off all the bad habits for an entire month and on top of that I try extra hard to be more calm and collected and the fasting bit really helps in shedding the unwanted fat. Hoping to loose atleast a couple of Kilos off this time around although this would be my first Ramzan with Type 2 Diabetes so will be monitoring the blood sugar levels more actively I guess. The office lets off early, so more time spent with the family, whats not to love :)

jam25mack May 15th 2018 9:23 am

Re: Ramadan
 
3:30 finishes! whats not to like! Even better now they don't seem to care about bar opening times!

Best time of year for me too!

Scamp May 15th 2018 10:41 am

Re: Ramadan
 

Originally Posted by Millhouse (Post 12499754)
1. It doesn't affect my daily routine in anyway.
2. The gyms will be empty when I go at lunchtime
3. People are chilled and a bit reflective ... or simply exhausted
4. It's a good time to reflect personally too, even if I'm not religious. I use the time to focus on some personal development activities.
5. I generally just like the feel of the place around this time.

I also like to see people being so committed to something - it's quite interesting to watch.

You forgot to mention reduced hours.
Agree on 1, we don't change anything really. 2 is irrelevant to me, 3, 4 and 5 are interesting.
I told someone I liked it and like the nature of the month and what it means before, they couldn't get their head round it but it's definitely there and can be seen / felt.

Also, more golf. Even if we now work a sensible 8hr day as reduced hours.

Millhouse May 15th 2018 10:49 am

Re: Ramadan
 

Originally Posted by Scamp (Post 12499828)
You forgot to mention reduced hours.
Agree on 1, we don't change anything really. 2 is irrelevant to me, 3, 4 and 5 are interesting.
I told someone I liked it and like the nature of the month and what it means before, they couldn't get their head round it but it's definitely there and can be seen / felt.

Also, more golf. Even if we now work a sensible 8hr day as reduced hours.

I also spend the afternoons banging MM2.

Scamp May 15th 2018 11:01 am

Re: Ramadan
 

Originally Posted by Millhouse (Post 12499829)
I also spend the afternoons banging MM2.

Yeah. I spend many Ramadan afternoons slapping my 5-iron up the range.

Yes, euphemism.

UKCityGent May 15th 2018 11:37 am

Re: Ramadan
 

Originally Posted by Millhouse (Post 12499829)
I also spend the afternoons banging MM2.

Gym at lunchtime and then afternoon bangs - you have stamina !!

It either one or other (unless i could get a gym bunny !)

Irishbeekeeper May 15th 2018 11:38 am

Re: Ramadan
 

Originally Posted by Scamp (Post 12499833)
Yeah. I spend many Ramadan afternoons slapping my 5-iron up the range.

Yes, euphemism.

So where is this 'mini'-golf course again?
:D

weasel decentral May 16th 2018 3:57 am

Re: Ramadan
 

Originally Posted by Millhouse (Post 12499829)
I also spend the afternoons banging MM2.

You old romantic you

Scamp May 16th 2018 5:21 am

Re: Ramadan
 
Tomorrow it is then.

Think that means a good Eid?

reddiva May 16th 2018 5:43 am

Re: Ramadan
 

Originally Posted by Scamp (Post 12500329)
Tomorrow it is then.

Think that means a good Eid?

No, we will be lucky if we get one day off :-(

Taz786 May 16th 2018 5:51 am

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One day off will be a bonus in my new company.

If Eid falls on a Friday, supposedly the company will expect us to work on Sunday as they will give Friday & Saturday even though its a weekend.

Fingers crossed its a 30 day Ramadan and Eid falls on a Saturday.

UKCityGent May 16th 2018 6:15 am

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Ramadan tomorrow here in Kuwait and 29 days for Eid

hnd May 16th 2018 6:31 am

Re: Ramadan
 

Originally Posted by UKCityGent (Post 12500339)
Ramadan tomorrow here in Kuwait and 29 days for Eid

Assume you mean 29 days ‘until’ Eid? Ramadan here in Oman tomorrow, too. Makes a change as we’re usually a day later than everyone else in GCC. It’s been crazy in the supermarkets the last week or so. Reminds me of the blind panic in the UK on Christmas Eve - people filling trolleys with so much food you’d think the shops were closed for a month and not just one day

reddiva May 16th 2018 7:38 am

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Originally Posted by UKCityGent (Post 12500339)
Ramadan tomorrow here in Kuwait and 29 days for Eid

Jammy is the word one would use

UKCityGent May 16th 2018 12:26 pm

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Originally Posted by reddiva (Post 12500362)
Jammy is the word one would use

Sorry let me re-phrase - Tommorow starts Ramadan, and 29 days left until Eid !

(I dont think i have much holidays left :( )

nonthaburi May 16th 2018 7:29 pm

Re: Ramadan
 
I hate it.

The only good point is I'm only working 4 hours a day.

Millhouse May 17th 2018 8:05 am

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Got to work until 5 today. That’s an outrage and in clear breach of the labour laws. Hope I don’t get in trouble.

Scamp May 17th 2018 8:18 am

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Originally Posted by Millhouse (Post 12500905)
Got to work until 5 today. That’s an outrage and in clear breach of the labour laws. Hope I don’t get in trouble.

Unbelievable! Don't stand for it buddy.

My month of naps has arrived at the perfect time considering I'm hungover today.

Bahtatboy May 18th 2018 3:58 pm

Re: Ramadan
 

Originally Posted by Millhouse (Post 12500905)
Got to work until 5 today. That’s an outrage and in clear breach of the labour laws. Hope I don’t get in trouble.

Nah, you'll be alright -- just mention your mate in Morocco who instead of the normal 7 - 6 now works a thoroughly-relaxing 6 - 5 during Ramadan.

flood2 May 19th 2018 1:00 pm

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New one for me...

Sitting outside at captains arms in Abu Dhabi at 4PM having a beer.... It is in an opaque plastic glass for some reason, but a beer during the day in Ramadan!!

Not seen this in my 7 years here...i know Dubai’s has relaxed, but AD was always a bit more cautious..

Pongo May 19th 2018 3:13 pm

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Originally Posted by flood2 (Post 12502123)
New one for me...

Sitting outside at captains arms in Abu Dhabi at 4PM having a beer.... It is in an opaque plastic glass for some reason, but a beer during the day in Ramadan!!

Not seen this in my 7 years here...i know Dubai’s has relaxed, but AD was always a bit more cautious..

Friday brunches too...

Made in Sheffield 1 May 20th 2018 7:20 am

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Went to our new local (Al Hamra Golf Club) on Friday where they’d been serving booze all day, albeit inside as we weren’t allowed to sit outside til after sunset.

Strange thing was, the live band was there. They were indoors but, even though RAK is the most laid back emirate, I thought live music was a definite no.

Desert Dog May 24th 2018 11:18 am

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AED 17.00 pints during happy hour ... what's not to like?! (and no, it will remain a secret! :thumbup: )

Scamp May 24th 2018 12:29 pm

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Originally Posted by Desert Dog (Post 12504523)
AED 17.00 pints during happy hour ... what's not to like?! (and no, it will remain a secret! :thumbup: )

Got to be a shit hole.

Desert Dog May 24th 2018 12:47 pm

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Originally Posted by Scamp (Post 12504545)
Got to be a shit hole.

I like shit holes occasionally but absolutely not in this instance ! :lol:

weasel decentral May 24th 2018 1:48 pm

Re: Ramadan
 

Originally Posted by Scamp (Post 12504545)
Got to be a shit hole.

The stables?

Scamp May 27th 2018 6:22 am

Re: Ramadan
 

Originally Posted by Desert Dog (Post 12504552)
I like shit holes occasionally but absolutely not in this instance ! :lol:

They can be enjoyable occasionally. 17dhs is very cheap though.


Originally Posted by weasel decentral (Post 12504577)
The stables?

Jesus that place is awful. We used to go a bit when it first opened but went a year or two ago and it's atrocious.

17dhs is probably too low for there. I reckon it's dark side.

nonthaburi May 27th 2018 3:53 pm

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New schedule 11-2:15. Four more days and then I'm done.

Scamp May 28th 2018 5:46 am

Re: Ramadan
 

Originally Posted by nonthaburi (Post 12506015)
New schedule 11-2:15. Four more days and then I'm done.

You're taking the piss?

I've got to try and sneak out at 3 tomorrow for golf.

TheShed May 28th 2018 6:07 am

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So how many hours are people actually doing.

Last week I was managing to stay busy from 8 to about 3:30-4 but yesterday was a disaster and I gave up trying to get stuff done by 2pm.

Scamp May 28th 2018 6:26 am

Re: Ramadan
 

Originally Posted by TheShed (Post 12506330)
So how many hours are people actually doing.

Last week I was managing to stay busy from 8 to about 3:30-4 but yesterday was a disaster and I gave up trying to get stuff done by 2pm.

I'm turning up as usual (about half 8) and leaving at about 4.

Got enough work on I could stay much, much later but **** that.

Pongo May 28th 2018 7:09 am

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No fixed times but expected to be in work for 4-5 hours.

nonthaburi May 28th 2018 7:31 am

Re: Ramadan
 

Originally Posted by Scamp (Post 12506324)
You're taking the piss?

I've got to try and sneak out at 3 tomorrow for golf.

absolutely not. We were working 11-3:30, but as it's the last working week the hours have shortened. 3 weeks holiday starts 2:15 on Thursday.

working for the military, we only work 7-12 at the best of times.

Scamp May 28th 2018 7:32 am

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Originally Posted by nonthaburi (Post 12506355)
absolutely not. We were working 11-3:30, but as it's the last working week the hours have shortened. 3 weeks holiday starts 2:15 on Thursday.

working for the military, we only work 7-12 at the best of times.

Easy street. Great work. :thumbup::thumbup:

nonthaburi May 28th 2018 7:46 am

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Nobody comes to Sowdi for the hard work.

Brains1983 May 29th 2018 4:20 pm

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Ramadan has been OK so far for me. get in 15mins later than normal as I do the school run and they are on funny hours. supposed to be finished 3pm, but it's normally between 4 and 5 which doesn't bother me much. got out at 1 today to get some stitches out and didnt bother going back. an hour or two of emails from the phone on the sofa and then done.

Irishbeekeeper May 29th 2018 5:22 pm

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Proud to say that I broke the 80KG barrier today
Down to 79.5 in my birthday suit (pictures can be provided upon request ofcourse!)
20 more days to go? or something like that? I make it a point not to count


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