How tents cover the so­cial side of Ra­madan

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Over the past week, tents have been con­structed across the coun­try in prepa­ra­tion for Ra­madan. This year, those ob­serv­ing the holy month will have to fast for more than 14 hours per day, a lit­tle longer than in 1999 when this pho­to­graph was taken. Ra­madan took place in the win­ter that year, and while fast­ing times were shorter, tents were as pop­u­lar as ever. Taken on Jan­uary 2 in Dubai, the image shows a classic Ra­madan tent: lanterns hang from the ceil­ing; peo­ple sip wa­ter; a waiter dis­penses drinks; and a shisha pipe is seen on the left. All this night­time ac­tiv­ity un­der­lines that Ra­madan is a time for prayer and con­tem­pla­tion, but also a time to so­cialise with fam­ily and friends.

If Ra­madan is a time to hon­our tra­di­tions it is also a time to em­brace new trends. Ac­cord­ing to re­cent re­search, there is a surge in the amount of time users spend on Face­book and In­sta­gram, peak­ing at around 3am. One hot topic? Ra­madan tents.

John Den­nehy

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Rabih Moghrabi / AFP

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