Expats living in Muslim countries “know the deal”…We know that during the month of Ramadan things change. We know that whether we like it or not we have to adjust our daily activities. Ramadan offers us a great opportunity to both feel the experience of living abroad and evaluate our daily flow.
From a security perspective, the moth of Ramadan is an ideal time to take a step back and evaluate your routines, driving routes, walks, runs, neighborhood, etc.
There is a confirmed report that two shops located in the main Carrefour food court area were closed yesterday by the police. According to one report the officers closed the shops for the “protection of the store attendants”. It is no secret that a small number of conservative Muslims have been going around town trying to persuade cafe owners to close their stores during the day.
Nevertheless, there are many cafes and restaurants open during the fasting hours. A contact on twitter reported that in the “Lac 2 there are a lot of restaurants doing very good lunch business.” Additionally, it is good to know that we live in a mostly tolerant and friendly Muslim country and most people understand that not everyone is fasting. Conversely we should respect local customs and “when in Rome…”
Empower yourself with solid information and enjoy Ramadan…