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Nida Mohammad drove for more than an hour from Fujairah to Sharjah in the UAE just to buy special Iraqi sweets and juices for the Muslim fasting month of Ramadan.The oil-rich United Arab Emirates is home to more than 9 million expatriates who hail from well over 100 countries and form 90 percent of the population.During Ramadan, immigrants in the Gulf state reconnect with traditions from their homeland, especially the rituals of breaking the fast and taking lots of traditional desserts and juices. The owner of the Al-Rabat sweets store where Mohammad was shopping says he opened the business in 2006 to serve the Iraqi community in the UAE.Wahab says that Tutu, although not Iraqi, represent something significant for his countrymen.During the Iraqi war in the early 1990s, he explains, the people had little access to sweets from abroad -- except for Tutu. Mohammad Shiraz, a Pakistani who has been living in the UAE for nearly 20 years, also considers the emirate his home.
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