Remember that app that got you to lock your phone over dinnertime? Well here’s the good it did…

Ramadan Sharing Fridges wasn’t the only idea that gave back to the less fortunate over the Holy Month of Ramadan this year.

Remember that app called Hadia Time? It asked users to lock their phones for as long as possible between the hours of 7pm and 10pm. For each minute a user kept their phone locked, Lenovo gave a minute of data to migrant workers so they could connect with their families back home.

The concept isn’t running anymore, but here’s an update video to show how it helped:

The app encouraged families to put their phones down around the dinner table, so that those who couldn’t be with their families throughout The Holy Month could talk to theirs back home for free.

“The more time you spend with your family, the more time they can spend with theirs.”

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The Android-based application was downloaded more than 31,000 times, raising close to 3 million minutes for workers.

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Saudi Arabia topped the list of countries that used Hadia Time:

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Hadia Time was also the number one lifestyle app on the Google Play Store throughout Ramadan.

Unfortunately, the app ended when Ramadan did. So while you can still download it, it can’t be used and the minutes won’t be donated.

What’s On reached out to Hadia Time to find out when the app would next be activated, but the company behind it – Lenovo – couldn’t give us a firm date yet.

Hopefully, Hadia Time will be making another appearance next year.


Most of us will remember this year’s Ramadan Sharing Fridge concept, which drew widespread recognition.

UAE residents placed fridges on the streets, stocking them with food and drink to nourish workers amidst the summer heat.

Check out the sharing fridge concept here:

With Eid Al Adha approaching in a matter of weeks month, Muslims are encouraged to engage in activities to help improve the lives of those less fortunate.

Money can be donated to charities to provide meat to those without.

Muslims may also practice waqf, which is the act of endowing money to a religious, educational or charitable cause. This could be in the form of a mosque, school or hospital.

Whether you’re Muslim or not, why not use the charitable spirit of Eid Al Adha as that little extra push and get involved with a local initiative. Here’s a list of some to get you started.

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