Monday, August 29, 2011

"Gulf's Shameless Ramadan Food Wastage Criticised"

"The Muslim month of fasting, Ramadan, meant to be a month of spirituality and understanding of the suffering of the poor and needy draws to a close today.

But, the period does not end on an entirely positive note.

Extravagant breaking-of-the-fast buffets in the Gulf have been criticised for their excessive food wastage, among other things, as the Horn of Africa and other world regions experience severe food shortages.

In Dubai alone, around 1,850 tonnes of left-overs were thrown out during Ramadan in 2010.

That is enough to feed more than 40,000 people for a whole year.

Al Jazeera's Suranjana Tewari reports from Doha, Qatar"


  1. I went to a buffet for iftar a couple weeks ago, and there was lotsss of food for a small number of people. It did make me sad to see all the food that was going to be left over. I did see the staff being able to eat the food to lessen the waste, but still :-/

  2. My husband use to live in Saudi, it's the same there I really don't understand how people who are so visibly religious would do something so haram publicly.

  3. For me it looks like Iftar is a competition - which family will have the most important number of dishes on the table. I have been to some these month, wishing to ask why did you do so much food.
    Thinking all this will finish in the bin, while people are starving to death at the other side of the world.
    That's surely why I preferred to stay home and cook only what we needed.

  4. Marie, I've noticed the competitive nature in it as well, only from my experience it's not just in how much food you serve it's in how many guests you have and how much you can talk about all the things you have in the house....takes the spirit of Ramadan away completely

  5. Very sad. It is a fact of all Muslim communities, not saying everyone does, but every community has some families like this. Who make too much food,who buy all new kitchenware every Ramadan,Even throw away the old utensils instead of giving them away to someone who could use them.


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