Doha: In line with its commitment to the local community, Aspire Zone Foundation (AZF) aims to keep its facilities a preferred destination for people during Ramadan and will provide social, religious and sport activities throughout the holy month.
Nasser Abdullah Al Hajri (pictured) Corporate Communications Manager, said: “Every year our mandate is to provide religious and sport activities accessible to everyone. To achieve this goal, we are committed to organising exceptional events that will help members of society keep fit. Through these initiatives, we look forward to being the destination of choice for our community to enjoy during evening hours of Ramadan.”
Building on successes of last year, AZF, in collaboration with Sheikh Thani Bin Abdullah Foundation for Humanitarian Services (RAF), will host ‘Bashayer Al Rahma’ which will focus on activities highlighting the significance of the holy month, including presentations and seminars by religious scholars on Islamic themes.
For the third consecutive year, AZF will organise its successful Ramadan Sports Festival. It has expanded this year to include 11 activities for men, women, children and people with special needs. They include beach football, volleyball, football, basketball, football for juniors, American football, handball, car racing by remote control and table tennis.
The festival will also offer special activities for women, in cooperation with Qatar Women’s Sports Committee, to encourage women to stay active during the holy month.
As egalitarianism is one of the basic concepts of Islam, AZF, in cooperation with Qatar Paralympic Committee, will organise a special table tennis tournament for people with special needs.
To encourage the community to continue exercising during Ramadan, Aspetar is re-launching its popular campaign, ‘Fasting for Health’. The one-month programme, which was also held last year, will include tips to help members of the community to keep fit and healthy. Tips will be available on social media platforms and will target local and Gulf residents.
Tips have been developed by the hospital’s leading sports experts. Additionally, as part of the initiative, Aspetar will compile a comprehensive Ramadan calendar featuring a range of information, including daily prayer times.
For children, AZF will organise fun activities, including, games, a Fun Zone and bouncy castles and colouring and painting at Aspire Dome. Families will have the opportunity to leave their children at the Fun Zone, while performing sports at Ramadan Sports Festival. They will also have the option to run or jog at ‘Splash and Dash’ and take part in other activities organised by Aspire.
Mid-Ramadan, children in Qatar celebrates ‘Garangao’ which consists of wearing folkloric clothes and asking for candies and nuts. This year, AZF will organise a special traditional event, full of engaging activities to ingrain values of giving and unity and celebrate traditional legacies. It will be held on July 11, from 7.30 pm until midnight. Aspire Park will be transformed into a giant recreational and sports centre. Children will be able to watch or participate in activities, including, running, stilt walking, acrobatic shows tightrope walking and learning calligraphy.
AZF invites all families to participate in Garangao and enjoy the traditional occasion, which blends Qatari and Gulf societies with local Qatari families.
In line with its social corporate responsibility, AZF, in coordination with RAF, will distribute 1,000 Iftar meals daily to people fasting. Meals will be offered to individuals on roads close to Aspire during Maghrib prayer. Part of the annual ‘Iftar on the Road Project,’ this Iftar will include a bottle of water, dates, yogurt, pie, fruits and a light meal. To find out more about AZF activities and schedule during Ramadan, please log on to www.lifeinaspire.qa