Supermarkets clogged with shopping carts filled with groceries are a common sight in the days leading up to Ramadan as residents ensure that their kitchens are well-stocked for the first iftar of the fasting month. Weeks before Ramadan, supermarkets make sure that they have sufficient stocks of rice, meat, dairy products, fruit and dates on their shelves as dishes made from these are staple fare on iftar buffet tables. A wide variety of fruit makes its way into the market from all over the world. Ramadan shopping is an exciting family experience with everyone having something to do. Gulf News photographers do the rounds of malls and souqs.