Can we get Smarter about rewarding the labourers in the UAE?

Ramadan – The Month of Fasting.

Fasting means abstaining from food and drink from dawn until dusk.

Ramadan is also the month of charity. What type of charitable activities take place in Dubai during this month? Well, we give food to labourers – who are fasting most of the day anyway.

Think about this for a second. Labourers are given lots of free food in the one month where most of them are fasting.

Why is that? Why do we give them so much of something that they don’t really need? Is it just following a trend? Can’t we be a bit smarter about rewarding the labourers in this great month?

What about gifting them a smart phone instead? They could use that to learn more about Ramadan and, in doing so, earn themselves some free data and minutes. They could then use that to keep in touch with their families.

How would that help? Well, that would cause them to be more motivated in Ramadan rather than being even more demotivated and tired. Also, come Eid, they would have loads of free data and minutes so they could spend their entire holiday just chatting to their loved ones!

After all, isn’t that one of the reasons everyone loves to give charity? So as to make the poor happier?

In this case, that phone and those free data and minutes will make the labourers happier than if they were given loads of food.

Now that’s not to say that we shouldn’t give them food. We could do that and we could do this as well. This way, they would get the best of both.

So this Ramadan, let us all get smarter about helping the poor.


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