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In pictures: Expats enjoy their first Emirati iftar

July 21, 2013

More than 25 expatriates from different nationalities and walks of life were invited over for their first traditional Emirati iftar at Fatima Al Tunaij's single-storey traditional home last week. Razan Alzayani / The National
More than 25 expatriates from different nationalities and walks of life were invited over for their first traditional Emirati iftar at Fatima Al Tunaij's single-storey traditional home last week. Razan Alzayani / The National
Laid out on a cloth on the floor of the majlis of Mrs Tunaiji’s home were tiny baskets filled with dates, laban, massive amounts of traditional dishes. Razan Alzayani / The National
Laid out on a cloth on the floor of the majlis of Mrs Tunaiji’s home were tiny baskets filled with dates, laban, massive amounts of traditional dishes. Razan Alzayani / The National
Cooking for a large number of people is nothing new for Mrs Al Tunaiji. If anything, it is the norm. Razan Alzayani / The National
Cooking for a large number of people is nothing new for Mrs Al Tunaiji. If anything, it is the norm. Razan Alzayani / The National
Suqrat Bisher prepares to serve Iftar. Razan Alzayani / The National
Suqrat Bisher prepares to serve Iftar. Razan Alzayani / The National
Mrs Al Tunaiji’s daughter, Aisha, helped her mother in the cooking, in the preparation and in the hosting. Razan Alzayani / The National
Mrs Al Tunaiji’s daughter, Aisha, helped her mother in the cooking, in the preparation and in the hosting. Razan Alzayani / The National
Suqrat Bin Bisher and Aisha Bisher explain the traditions of eating Iftar to expats. Razan Alzayani / The National
Suqrat Bin Bisher and Aisha Bisher explain the traditions of eating Iftar to expats. Razan Alzayani / The National
Expats preparing to partake their first Iftar - some of the guests had fasted until 3 pm. Razan Alzayani / The National
Expats preparing to partake their first Iftar - some of the guests had fasted until 3 pm. Razan Alzayani / The National
A guest enjoying Iftar at Fatima Bisher's home in Al Rams, Ras Al Khaimah. Razan Alzayani / The National
A guest enjoying Iftar at Fatima Bisher's home in Al Rams, Ras Al Khaimah.  Razan Alzayani / The National
(From left) Suqrat Bin Bisher, Fatima Bisher, Aisha Bisher and Dr. Natasha Ridge, Executive Director of the Al Qasimi Founation share a moment after Iftar. Razan Alzayani / The National
(From left) Suqrat Bin Bisher, Fatima Bisher, Aisha Bisher and Dr. Natasha Ridge, Executive Director of the Al Qasimi Founation share a moment after Iftar. Razan Alzayani / The National
An expat hands a thank you gift to Fatima Bishr (right) after the 70-year-old Emirati invited guests to an Iftar at her house. Razan Alzayani / The National
An expat hands a thank you gift to Fatima Bishr (right) after the 70-year-old Emirati invited guests to an Iftar at her house. Razan Alzayani / The National
Each month, the foundation sets up an event that gathers people from all walks of life to encourage a bridging and exchange of cultures and traditions. Razan Alzayani / The National
Each month, the foundation sets up an event that gathers people from all walks of life to encourage a bridging and exchange of cultures and traditions. Razan Alzayani / The National
Called “Ramadan: Iftar for Everyone,” the gathering at Mrs Al Tunaiji’s home is part of the Sheikh Saud bin Saqr Al Qasimi Foundation for Policy Research community gathering series. Razan Alzayani / The National
Called “Ramadan: Iftar for Everyone,” the gathering at Mrs Al Tunaiji’s home is part of the Sheikh Saud bin Saqr Al Qasimi Foundation for Policy Research community gathering series. Razan Alzayani / The National
Expatriate guests chatting at Iftar on the floor of the majlis of Mrs Tunaiji's home. Razan Alzayani / The National
Expatriate guests chatting at Iftar on the floor of the majlis of Mrs Tunaiji's home. Razan Alzayani / The National
Expats sharing a laugh with the Emirati family that invited them to Iftar. Razan Alzayani / The National
Expats sharing a laugh with the Emirati family that invited them to Iftar. Razan Alzayani / The National