Charity drives and family fun
The Galleria Shopping Mall on Al Maryah Island, Abu Dhabi, is ringing in Ramadan with a number of family-oriented activities. Throughout Ramadan, the mall will have a hospitality area serving Arabic coffee and dates daily after sunset and there will be an arts and crafts centre for kids where they can learn about traditional crafts like sand bottle art and henna. Guests can also enjoy the falconry show and watch an Arabic calligrapher create intricate scripts live. Bring in your old clothes and toys to the mall and donate them to the Ramadan Toys and Clothes Drive – the mall’s initiative for the Year of Giving that will distribute the items to charity organisations across the UAE.
Also in Abu Dhabi, you can support the Emirates Red Crescent’s For Your Sake, Somalia campaign, by shopping at the Deerfields Mall. The campaign aims to raise Dh500 million for the famine-stricken country. Simply bring in new or unused items such as dry food, homeware, footwear, toiletries and clothing and drop them off at the collection point in front of Carrefour. There’s also a blood donation drive happening at mobile blood banks parked outside the mall from 8pm to midnight throughout Ramadan. At all Majid Al Futtaim malls and leisure and entertainment destinations, special donation boxes will be placed for shoppers to donate clothes, toys, books, food and electronics to families in need as part of their annual charity campaign called Make A Difference.
Making someone’s wish come true sounds like a great reason to get lost in the life-sized maze at Al Ghurair Centre (above). The maze is part of the mall’s social initiative called Omniyati (Arabic for make a wish) that is set to make three deserving people’s wishes come true. Here’s how: following the purchase of a Dh25 voucher from the customer service desk guests can enter the Mystery Maze, participate in its activities and then redeem their voucher at any retail outlet; the Dh25 will be donated to the Omniyati initiative.