They made world headlines when they launched in 2016, last year they had 30 outposts around Dubai and this time round nearly 28,000 people support them on social media – Dubai’s Ramadan Sharing Fridges are back!
The community fridges concept returns for its third annual outing, again under the patronage of Emirates Red Crescent and government’s Islamic Affairs and Charitable Activities Department.
Australian mum-of-two Sumayyah Sayed, from Perth, started the project with about 30 fridges installed across Dubai, underpinned by a busy and supportive Facebook group.
Free food fridges first popped up around the emirate in 2016 and grew even bigger in 2017, with fridges in the busiest areas stocked up to 20 times a day to feed at least 100 people daily.
This year organisers want even more people, schools and companies to adopt a fridge ready for the start of Holy Month. There’s even plans to brighten up the fridges by bringing mural artists on board.
The warm-hearted initiative attracted the attention of media around the globe and since then has grown, bringing together communities and giving people who might otherwise never meet to connect over the simple act of giving back.
Fridge manager Anne said: “We’re going back to one of the main reason the Ramadan Sharing Fridges were created — to involve and teach our children the pleasures of giving. Schools will be involved more than the previous two years. We also would love to hear from the colleges of Dubai and have some of the students committing to manage a fridge for a few hours, a day or even committing to fill a fridge once a week.”
With less than a month to go, the hard-working teams are gearing up behind the scenes to strengthen the force of the fridges. In the coming weeks, a map of fridges will be posted on the group Facebook page, which already has more than 27,400 members. People will be encouraged to team up to look after a fridge in their community, to make sure they are well-stocked at all times.
Want to get involved? Follow www.facebook.com/uaefridges, where you’ll also find a list of frequently asked questions, including what fridges can and can’t be stocked with.