Uber has brought together drivers who use the Uber app in Leeds to celebrate Ramadan with a driver dinner at the Habibs restaurant – as part of a series of over 20 free Iftar events for drivers and their families in cities across the UK.
More than 2,500 people are set to attend the events this year, at which Uber provides a variety of food, drink and entertainment. The Driver Dinners initiative was initially launched during Ramadan in 2017, and has doubled in scale this year due to demand.
Ramadan, the ninth month of the Islamic calendar, is observed by Muslims worldwide. During this time, Muslims fast every day from sunrise to sunset, with Iftar as the fast-breaking meal eaten after sunset.
Regional general manager, Northern & Eastern Europe, Jamie Heywood, said: “Drivers are at the heart of our service – we can’t succeed without them – and thousands of people come into work at Uber every day focused on how to make their experience better, on and off the road. We’re proud to join drivers across the UK during Ramadan and celebrate the break of fasting with them.”
Leeds-based Uber driver-partner Fayyaz Chughtai said: “I am touched to be able to attend one of Uber’s Iftar dinners. It is a very respectable thing to host them for both the Muslim community but also the wider community as well. They are really good and it is really positive to bring everybody together and break the fast.
“During Ramadan you get extra rewards for spending time praying and worshipping. Uber offers the flexibility to be able to do this. Ramadan is about removing bad habits, being humble and setting a good example for the next 11 months.”