Gazans start walking to remain in shape and decompress


There has been a considerable increase in the number of Gazans strolling along Gaza City’s Corniche in the hours before iftar.

To celebrate Ramadan in a productive and healthy way, men, women, teenagers, and some children walk in groups and alone before the call to Maghrib prayer.

Midhat Jabali, 44, told Arab News, “I have been practicing walking for years, virtually daily, on normal days in the early morning hours, but in Ramadan two hours before iftar.”

“Walking promotes heart and bodily wellness. I do it on my own and occasionally with my wife and kids. I make sure to come here each day during Ramadan and walk for at least an hour before going home,” said Jabali.

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On Al-Rashid Street in Gaza City, Jabali records a notable rise in the number of Gazans of all ages walking and jogging during Ramadan.

Sana’a Luzon, a 48-year-old housewife, claimed that she and her husband went for daily walks on the Gaza Sea’s Corniche.

Following the COVID-19 epidemic, Luzon started the practice a few years ago, and it has since persisted.

“Staying at home has increased our daily pressures and is a major source of distress for many. We find some relief from our walking activity,” she told Arab News.

Muhammad Abu Diab began walking a long time ago because it helps him cope with the stress he faces every day.

Although he lives in a community distant from the ocean, he is determined to keep this lovely habit. A few weeks ago, Abu Diab bought a bike to make it easier for him to get to the beach.

Many people who are fasting use the custom of walking throughout Ramadan as a way to spend time exercising and being healthy. Walking helps people overcome health issues and daily stressors.

According to dietician Mahmoud Sheikh Ali, walking has numerous health advantages for people of all ages, including men, women, and children.

Sheikh Ali further stated that this activity strengthens bones, lowers the risk of sickness, and stimulates all bodily organs, particularly the respiratory system.



Raven Ruma is a professional journalist with a keen eye on domestic and foreign situations. His favorite pastime is to keep the public informed about the current situation through his pen and he is fulfilling this responsibility through the platform of Arab News.

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