A Dubai-based Belgian woman has launched a campaign against food wastage during Ramadan.
Els Huybrechts, 36, said tonnes of food are trashed daily after iftar, the sunset meal that ends the fast in the fasting month. She is starting a group called Make Iftar Modest to urge residents and restaurants to stop wasting food. People, firms and organisations will be able to join ranks on an upcoming Facebook page.
Huybrechts plans to convince hotels and restaurants to reduce the size of iftar feasts. She said: "There is overproduction at these huge iftar buffets and all this food is wasted." Huybrechts added: "What a shame when Ramadan is all about modesty and charity.… There's pressure to show off in four or five-star hotels; they're competing for customers, I know that. But everyone also knows you can't eat that much and that you get full very fast. We all agree this [waste] is happening, but no one is doing anything about it. I'm really upset by that."
Huybrechts is not a Muslim but is fasting this Ramadan. She has been a UAE resident for the last three years and comes from a marketing background. "I'd love to go further with Make Iftar Modest, but I don't have the budget. I've to find sponsors."