Holiday at home

Given the hot weather, it may be a good idea to spend Eid indoors

How about watching Tour de France and other sport events on television during Eid holidays? Eric  Fefferberg / AFP
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Eid is the perfect time to travel with friends and family. So it’s no surprise, as The National has reported, that travel agents are braced for a flood of late bookings following the announcement that Government employees will have the week between July 3 and 9 off to celebrate the occasion. But given the hot and humid weather, as well travel disruptions following the terrorist attacks in Istanbul, spending the holiday at home might not be such a bad idea.

If you think there’s nothing much to do, think again. The annual Tour de France cycle race rolls out from Mont-Saint-Michel in France on July 2. You cannot only watch every stage of the spectacle on television, you can also enjoy the beauty of the French countryside as it rolls by. Then there is the continuing Wimbledon Championships as well as the Euro 2016 quarter-finals this weekend.

While we would not normally advocate a sedentary lifestyle, this might be the right time to laze around watching others do active things, especially given the current hot weather.