Ask Ali: Are surprise birthday parties culturally sensitive for Muslims?
Dear Ali: I’m part of a group of staff at our company who are throwing a surprise birthday party for an Emirati manager without telling her, and I’m just wondering if that’s culturally acceptable or not? IY, Dubai
Ask Ali: The World Cup will make Ramadan spiritual and sporty
Dear Ali: I can’t believe that Ramadan is almost here. As an expat, I’m just wondering if there is anything different or new this Ramadan that we should be aware of? Any tips would be helpful, as we are planning to spend the Holy Month in the Gulf. TR, Abu Dhabi
Ask Ali: Being born in Israel shouldn’t affect marriage plans
Dear Ali: Recently I was proposed to by my Syrian partner, who is born and raised in the UAE. We both love each other a lot, but, for many reasons, I never got the right chance to explain to him that I was born in Israel, even though I’m not a Jew. I’m afraid that he would leave me for such a fact in my life. I never appreciated what the Israeli government is doing there and I’m afraid that he would hold this against me. I wonder, from a cultural point of view, how would I bring this up with him? VB, Dubai