In this weeks round up of the local news from Fethiye, Oludeniz, Hisaronu and area includes the Director of Health issues advice on the heat wave, Ramazan begins and hoteliers pray for more customers.

Heatwave Advice Issued

The heat wave became official this week when the Director of Health for Fethiye, Dr. Uğur Çomak, issued a press release warning against the dangers inherent in the current ‘desert heat’.

Dr. Çomak urged everyone to stay indoors from 10.00 to 16.00, not to swim or sunbathe during these hours and, at other times, to be sure you are using high factor sun cream and wearing sun glasses and a hat.

He also cautioned against eating fatty or fried foods and drinking alcohol, coffee or highly sweetened soft drinks.

Instead we should be eating salads and fresh fruit and drinking fruit juice, ayran and, of course, lots of water.

Ramazan Begins and Fethiye Welcomes Back the Traditional Drummers

And the other main news of the week was the start of Ramazan, the Muslim fast.

Regular readers may recall that last year there were no Ramazan drummers in Fethiye.

The drummers wake people up for the meal in the middle of the night, following which they fast throughout the day.

Well this year the drummers are back, so get your ear plugs out if you live in Fethiye.

The Council is also providing food hampers to needy families and has erected two ‘iftar tents’.

These are huge marquees where people can claim a free meal in the evening when the daily fast is over.

‘Iftar’ is the Turkish name for the evening meal eaten during Ramazan.

Ramazan Evening Entertainment in Fethiye

Traditionally Ramazan also sees entertainment provided in the evenings and this year, as previously, the perofrmances will take place on the Kordon.

Friday night, the first night of Ramazan, saw the dervishes from Konya presenting their sema ceremony.

Throughout the month there will be other forms of entertainment, changing on a daily basis.

Hoteliers Praying for an Upturn When the Ramazan is Over

Finally, having blamed the fall in tourist numbers on the European economic crisis, local hoteliers are now saying the lack of Turkish tourists is due to Ramazan, when everyone stays at home to do their fasting.

A representative of the local hoteliers assocation told press this week that they were now planning to recoup their losses following Ramazan, when Turkish schools still have almost a month of holiday, and they expect a deluge of Turkish tourists to descend on the town.

For all our sake’s we hope they are right!