With fasting from sunrise to sunset the most prominent observance during Ramadan, the holy month affects us all – even the non-fasters. At work, there are special, blocked off areas for lunch, tea, coffee, water and even chewing gum. Personally, I have to stand in a tiny kitchen for lunch, which is a very small inconvenience compared with colleagues who do not eat or drink all day.
With our first weekend during Ramadan, outside of work is very different as well and probably more noticeable. Take Marina Mall, a place that would normally be bustling late afternoon on a Friday. Today, not only were many shops closed, but the food court, cafes and even Starbucks – giving it a whole different feel.