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Residents, visitors flock to Ramadan activities at Expo Centre Sharjah

A fortnight into the Holy Month, Expo Centre Sharjah has become the gathering point for one and all, thanks to the confluence of Sharjah Ramadan activities at the venue.

Reflecting the popularity of the venue and the events, 65,015 visitors went through the gates since June 28 when the Ramadan & Eid Fair, the Sharjah Ramadan Festival activities and the Islamic Culture Capital celebrations got under way at Expo Centre.

“This is the first time that Expo Centre Sharjah is playing host to the entire Sharjah Ramadan Festival programmes along with the Ramadan & Eid Fair. And, this is also for the first time that Sharjah is witnessing such grand celebrations reflecting Islamic culture in all its literary, artistic, intellectual and spiritual splendour,” said Mr. Saif Mohammed Al Midfa, CEO, Expo Centre Sharjah.

“Apart from the events and activities of the Ramadan & Eid Fair targeted at the entire family, we have seen great visitor interest in the Islamic book fair, the Ramadan Majlis, theatrical performances, Islamic lectures, seminars and panel discussions. Most of the Ramadan-related activities have been launched and are in full swing now,” said Mr. Midfa.

Events like the ‘Cross Spaces Dialogue’ saw stars from the epic Clusters of Light, a theatrical blockbuster which marked Sharjah’s inauguration as Islamic Culture Capital 2014, descend on Expo Centre, bringing together the who’s who of literary and artistic field at a single place.

“With a fortnight more to go, we have a lot more in store for everyone. While the fair will help residents and visitors buy all their requirements for the rest of the Ramadan days and ensuing Eid celebrations, a wealth of other programmes continue to attract visitor interest,” added Mr. Midfa.

The Ramadan & Eid Fair will be held until July 28, while the Sharjah Ramadan Festival events will continue at Expo Centre until July 31. Key attractions at the fair include a multi-cuisine food court, games & workshops for kids, heritage village, charity corner and raffle draws, among others.

“We have already spent quite a few evenings over here in the past two weeks. Considering the weather, it makes a lot of sense too, especially since everything that we need is available here, including household requirements, entertainment activities, religious & cultural programmes,” said Faisal, a visitor at the show.

More than 100 companies are displaying an extensive range of lifestyle products at the fair, with the ‘Taste of Ramadan’ section, which features live cookery demonstrations, celebrity chefs & tasting sessions, becoming an instant hit with visitors of all ages.

“The visitor turnout has been steady right from the start. We are expecting an increase in the footfalls as Eid celebrations near,” added Mr. Midfa.

The Ramadan & Eid Fair is open from 8.30 pm to 1.30 am daily during week-days and 8.30 pm to 2 am on Fridays & Saturdays during Ramadan. During Eid holidays, the visiting hours are from 5 pm to 11 pm. Admission is Free.