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Ramadan-time Euro 2016 fever sweeps Arab world

From Dubai to Tunis, Euro 2016 football fever is sweeping the Arab world, filling cafes and restaurants and overshadowing the nightly television soap operas that normally dominate Ramadan viewing.

Every year, during the Muslim fasting month, television audiences soar as families gather in front of their sets after breaking the daytime fast.

This year, Ramadan coincides with the Euros which are another massive draw.

In Tunisia, where most cafes are closed during daylight hours in Ramadan, the venue moves to people’s homes.

Evening games begin a few minutes after Muslims break their fast, a time most Tunisians spend with their families watching television.