Shopping, art, interactive workshops and more to delight visitors
Sharjah: With twinkling lanterns and tantalizing aromas of food, bustling night markets are a staple of Ramadan festivities. The House of Wisdom (HoW) is celebrating this centuries-old cultural tradition with its own pop-up Ramadaniyat, the first-ever open-air market hosted by the iconic cultural hub, which runs for ten days until April 24. brings together a plethora of activities that bring together a unique shopping experience, arts and gastronomic delights, the “House of Wisdom Ramadaniyat” is open from 8:30 p.m. to midnight.
Elite shopping experience
Weaving through the crowds in HoW’s outdoor space between the main building and The Scroll Monument, visitors can browse the 20 vendor stalls where a number of local entrepreneurs and SMEs display a range of clothing and jewelery exclusives from local independent boutiques and designers, including high-end names such as Takara, Kamin, Gabi, Aeon Jewelery and more.
The event offers entrepreneurs a unique opportunity to communicate with the public, as well as promote their products and showcase its cultural and artistic value, while allowing visitors to take home one-of-a-kind high fashion – everything from traditional to contemporary abayas, jalabiyas and kaftans to jewelry, perfumes and children’s clothing.
Sights, sounds and smells
When the shopping spree whets visitors’ appetites, they can follow the trail of delicious scents to three outdoor pop-up restaurants, indulge in Mexican fusion cuisine from Senor Gonzales, enjoy a light meal at the Late Lounge or satisfy their sweet tooth at CAF Café.
For a break from the hustle and bustle, visitors can stop by the installation of shimmering mirrors set up along the water feature in front of The Scroll, the awe-inspiring 36-meter tall monument in front of the How building or explore the on-site art exhibit which enriches their experience of exploring the artistic aesthetics of the holy month tradition.
Ramadaniyat of the little reader
The event includes the ‘Little Reader’s Ramadaniyat’, which offers parents the opportunity to register their children and allow them to enjoy a workshop area and a shopping area from 5:00 p.m. to 12:00 a.m. in the children’s section of How’s Little Reader, while parents can continue their shopping experience and participate in outdoor activities.
The section hosts a curriculum based on an international framework, covering the areas of STEM, wellbeing, music, literature, art and identity. Emphasizing the play element in learning as well as social and emotional development, the program helps children develop cultural competence and life skills in addition to engaging in a variety of activities and experiences. As part of the workshop series, DIY kits comprising of craft tools, toys and products relevant to the blessed month of Ramadan will be available for sale for participants to purchase and work with the help of. qualified facilitators.
Families can treat their little ones to something special for Ramadan at one of the local vendors who have set up shop in the Little Reader section. Akwan, an Arabic boutique for children, offers vibrantly illustrated books designed to help youngsters establish a healthy and lasting relationship with the Arabic language while stimulating their imaginations. Younger children will be delighted by the brightly colored early learning toys and products on sale from Luma, a children’s brand founded by two Emirati mothers to improve children’s cognitive abilities.
More information about Ramadaniyat and How’s Ramadan program can be found on the official Instagram page: @sharjahhow.
The “House of Wisdom Ramadaniyat” is part of the HoW’s ongoing Ramadan program in April, with creative and educational workshops and other dedicated activities for children and young people to use their free time during the holy month, deepen their knowledge about its cultural activities and religious values and allow them to experience its deeply rooted customs and traditions.