Bachelors’ Eid in UAE
Bachelors flock to beaches, parks and landmarks for celebrations
By Jamil Khan @ The Gulf Today-Sharjah, August 21, 2012
SHARJAH: For Jawed and his friends from different nationalities, the second day of Eid Al Fitr was as important and busy as the first day.
“Generally most people consider Eid as a festival enjoyed by children and a reason for families to get together and share greetings with each other. But for us who live as bachelors in the country the real Eid starts on the second day, as it is today that our families in Pakistan and India are celebrating the joyful event,” he stated.
The majority of blue-collar workers, especially in labour camps like Sonapur, spend the first day of Eid indoors to shelter from the sweltering heat. But in the evening they all head towards various destinations in Dubai and Sharjah to see their friends and visit their relatives.
“It is only this time of the year (Eid) that we get a couple of holidays and have the opportunity to plan something big like a get-together and have fun. Otherwise we do not get holidays besides Fridays and are unable to gather at one place and spend leisure time together,” he added.
Jawed has been working as a security guard at one of the camps in Sonapur and shares a room with his colleagues and friends hailing from different parts of Pakistan and India.
“We have a mixed bag of nationalities such as Abdul Qadir who is from Lucknow, India, Sirajul from Khulna, Bangladesh and Kifayatullah, Ibrahim, Aqeel and Sher Bahadur who are from Punjab and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Pakistan. It is a really unique experience to share the same greetings with our Muslim brothers,” he added.
The group plans to use the company transport service to get dropped off at different points in Dubai, as everyone has his own plan to spend the evening and enjoy the Eid festivities.
Aqeel said that in different parts of the Northern Emirates of Fujairah and Ras Al Khaimah, a number of activities were organised by various ethnic communities from Pakistan to keep their traditions alive.
‘Kabadi’ (a type of competitive game) is one of the most popular pastimes in the Punjab province of Pakistan as well as in Indian Punjab. Every year a group of Pakistanis organise this event during the Eid holidays and one such event is planned in Dubai.
“In Fujairah and Ras Al Khaimah, the Pakhtun community gathered at various locations to play their traditional games and celebrate Eid as they did in Pakistan,” he added.
Abdul Qadir will visit some of his friends residing in different parts of Dubai. “A friend of mine will be picking me up in the evening and we will bring all of our close friends with us to visit the prominent landmarks of Dubai. Burj Khalifa is my first destination as I never seen the marvel despite working in the country for the past 5 years. I will take as many as photos as possible to show my family through social networking sites as those back home want me to be happy,” he said.
However the majority of bachelors who visited tourist destinations in Dubai as well as those who have access to transportation prefer to explore the far-flung areas of the country such as Hatta, Khorfakkan, Al Ain and Mussafa.