Bahrain People & Culture, Features, OPINION, RAMADAN - March 13, 2024

Ramadan Reflections: Tamer Farouk, General Manager, Hilton Bahrain


The month of Ramadan brings with it myriad traditions, a sense of togetherness and spirituality, as well as positive mindsets as one prepares for a month-long journey of fasting. We spoke to Tamer Farouk, General Manager, Hilton Bahrain to find out what Ramadan means to him and how he keeps up with the demands of work life while observing the traditions of Ramadan.

What are some of your favourite Ramadan traditions? 

Ramadan holds a special place in my heart because of the spirit of giving and the serene atmosphere it brings. As a practising Muslim, fasting during this holy month carries deep significance for me. It instils a sense of meditation and tranquillity. And of course, Iftar and Ghabga are moments we all eagerly anticipate. The togetherness they foster, combined with delicious food, creates cherished memories.

The act of giving back to the community is one of the beautiful aspects that Ramadan brings. It’s a season of sharing and caring for the community we belong to, and I am passionate about this. Every year, my team and I organize a series of events and collaborate with non-profit organizations such as the Bahrain Down Syndrome Society and Tree of Life Society. One of our renowned initiatives is “Ramadan On The Way,” where we visit local neighbourhoods and distribute goodies to our neighbours, spreading joy and kindness.

Iftar and Ghabga are undoubtedly moments we eagerly anticipate. The togetherness they foster, combined with delectable food, is truly special. At Hilton Bahrain, our dedication is to provide an exceptional experience for our guests during every Iftar and Ghabga. This year, we are thrilled to continue our Arabian Nights theme, showcasing the enchanting tales of Sheherazade. Our hotel will be adorned with elements from these famous stories, transporting you to the magical world of Arabian Nights.

How do you stay motivated and energised while fasting, particularly on long days?

To stay motivated and energized during fasting, I prioritize keeping my spirits high and focusing on the multitude of blessings that Ramadan brings. It is a time when our commitment to ESG (Environmental, Social, and Governance) activities and collaborations takes centre stage, allowing us to create a positive and long-lasting impact on our community and environment.

By immersing myself in the spirit of Ramadan, I find renewed motivation and energy. The act of fasting itself becomes a source of inspiration, reminding me of the strength and discipline within. Moreover, the emphasis on ESG activities during this season fuels my enthusiasm. Through these endeavours, I find a sense of purpose and fulfilment, which in turn keeps me motivated and energized throughout the fasting period, even on the longest of days. 

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How does the sense of community during Ramadan compare to the rest of the year?

The sense of community during Ramadan is undeniably stronger and more pronounced. While Hilton Bahrain is a dedicated supporter of Hilton’s Travel with Purpose initiative, which emphasizes community involvement and making a positive impact throughout the year, the spirit of giving that Ramadan brings truly unites people and inspires collective action.

During this blessed month, individuals come together with a shared sense of purpose, working hand in hand to create a positive impact within our communities. The spirit of generosity and compassion permeates every interaction, fostering a deep sense of connection and togetherness.

Through acts of donation, collaborations with different organizations, and raising awareness on important social issues, the community becomes a powerful force for change during Ramadan. There is a heightened awareness of the needs and challenges faced by others, and a collective effort is made to uplift and support one another.

Also this year, I am happy to share that Hilton Bahrain is going to be part of Hilton’s Green Ramadan project that focuses on reducing food wastage and improving local sourcing. We are committed to making a difference by promoting sustainable practices and utilizing locally sourced ingredients. By supporting local farmers and businesses, we not only reduce our carbon footprint but also contribute to the growth of the local community.

Is there a specific place in Bahrain you love to visit during the month of Ramadan? 

During the month of Ramadan, I find solace and tranquillity by immersing myself in nature. The serenity and calmness of natural environments align beautifully with the peace and solemnity of this sacred month. I particularly enjoy taking long walks in parks or along the beach, allowing me to connect with the beauty of the surroundings.

Additionally, when I am at work, I pause and appreciate the breathtaking view from our Executive Lounge. The sight of the serene surroundings and the stunning view provides a sense of calm and serenity, creating a peaceful atmosphere amidst the busyness of the day.

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