Abu Dhabi, August 22: Thirty-five thousand iftar meals will be distributed on the highways and roads of Abu Dhabi, Al Ain and the Western Region (Gharbia) during Ramadan, a senior officer said.

Anybody who reports to any of the police stations before Maghreb (sunset prayer) will be given an iftar meal to end their fast, according to Major-General Mohammed Al Awadhi Al Menhali, acting head of operations, Abu 
Dhabi Police.

The iftar meals distribution drive is in line with the directives of Lt-Gen Shaikh Saif bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Interior, to strengthen partnership with the community and motorists and other road users in order to curb the possibility of accidents which take place mainly because of over-speeding before iftar.

The Head of Community Police, Lt-Gen. Mubarak bin Muhairoum, said the initiative will be carried out in cooperation with Abdul Jaleel Al Faheem Endowment for the second year in a raw.

He added that petrol stations, crossroads, land border posts, Khatm Al Shakla, Hili and Mudheef, all in Al Ain, as well as the Al Ghuwaifat border post in Gharbia, will see Abu Dhabi policemen handing over iftar meals to motorists and pedestrians as well as to people coming in or going out of the UAE.

In Dubai, those who fast and those who do not fast can sit across the table-spread from today at the mass Iftar party organised by the Dubai Department of Tourism and Commerce Marketing (DTCM) in Al Ghusais as part of its 8th Ramadan forum.

A giant tent erected by the organisers is spacious enough to host up to 3,000 people for Iftar.

Iftar will be preceded by short lectures on the spiritual and physical benefits of fasting as well as other tenets of the Islamic faith. —