It is recorded the busiest seasons for Barbers in the UAE as they work hard to a spike in customer flow with people wanting to look smart for the upcoming festival.
Barber shops every year filled up with customers as the annual festival approaches. Eid Al Adha means the “festival of sacrifice”, who commenced on the 10th day of the month of Hajj. in this festival, Muslim mainly offers a goat, cow or lamb as “sacrifice” to show gratitude, donated parts of the meat as charity and cook some of its for a delicious family lunch.
This year, the first day of the grand festival is on August 11 in the UAE. Both private and public sectors in the UAE will mark Eid holiday from August 10 to August 13. On Monday, UAE barbers told sources that they are experiencing a rise in customer flow ahead of the festival. Some experts are even heading home to celebrate the festival with family and getting trim before leaving, it added.
At Tareeq Al Mamzar barbershop in Sharjah, the festival rush has drawn over 130 percent more customers.
A Pakistani Barber Raja Khalid was quoted saying, “Say we have 30 customers a day normally; for Eid we get 70 customers. We stay open all night before Eid and take a well-deserved break on Eid.”
His colleague, Osman Shareef said that “we chat a lot with our customers and they enjoy the social atmosphere. Some people come in for a haircut, others want a facial as well. We’re already making sure all the arrangements are there for the Eid rush.”
However, they do not raise charges for Eid as they receive more tips from customers, said barbers. At Raqam Wahid barbershop, Omar Ul Sattar said that customers are in a festive mood for Eid, likely to tip well.
Another barber at the shop, Mohammad Husnain said that an actual charge for a haircut is Dh15, adding that “sometimes customers pay more from their own generosity, we don’t charge extra during the Eid rush. If our customers are happy, we’re happy too.”
43-year-old Pak Expat Abdul Razak, who is from Ajman, said that it’s part of his festival itinerary to visit barbers.
“My friends and I go to the barber as late as possible in the night. We get a service coupon number and go to a nearby shop to socialise over tea. We come back to the barbershop and get a haircut together. It’s good fun and we chat a lot with the barbers too,” added Mr. Razak.
Besides offering a sharp and fresh look to customers, there is also a religious aspect to the busy barber season. Muslims who decide to offer a ‘sacrifice’ for the festival have to withhold hair cutting between the first and ninth day of the month of Hajj. After they offer sacrifice on the 10th day, then they can get a haircut.
39-year-old Ali Rashid, who is an engineer in UAE said that “each year for Eid Al Adha, I offer a sacrifice, so I make it a point to visit the barber afterwards – it’s become my Eid routine. My younger brothers also join me and we all look our best for Eid.”