Things You Need To Know When Traveling To Dubai During Ramadan

Ramadan is a special time of the year for Muslims across the globe, and falls in the ninth month of the Islamic calendar. During the month of Ramadan, people of Muslim faith fast each day from dawn to dusk. They also use the time for inner reflection and enlightenment. Those who fast during the day have an early traditional breakfast called Suhour before dawn and break their fast in the evening with a meal called Iftar.

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The beginning of the Ramadan depends on the sighting of the new moon of the Islamic lunar month. As such, Ramadan begins and ends on a different day each year. Eid Al Fitr, three days of joyous celebration, marks the end of Ramadan.

While Islam is a tolerant religion and respects people of all cultures, races and religions. Non-muslims are in no way forced to follow Islamic traditions during the month of Ramadan. However, as a sign of respect to the host country, guests are asked to refrain from consuming food, drinks (including water), chewing gum and from smoking in public during the fasting hours of the day (dawn to dusk).
Most restaurants are closed during the day and curtains will be drawn as a sign of respect to the fasting Muslims. Though, it is quite acceptable for children below 12 years of age to eat and drink in public, during daylight.

Alcoholic drinks are served only after Iftar. There will be no loud music, live entertainment or dancing will be available during Ramadan. Only background music and piped music are played.

As a sign of respect, guests are encouraged to wear conservative clothing in public during the month of Ramadan.

Guests can enjoy the private beach and other leisure activities in the hotels as normal. Swimming costumes are allowed on the beach and by the swimming pools. However, guests are encouraged to cover up when inside the hotel, passing through the public zones or on their way to and from the hotel Water sport facilities and health and leisure centres follow normal operating hours.

Office and business opening and closing hours changed during the month. Shops are open for limited hours in the morning, usually from 10am to 12 noon . They re-open approximately half an hour to an hour after Iftar until midnight. Parks and other public places are open after Iftar and remain open until late at night.

Hope these tips really helps to if you are visiting Dubai next time during Ramadan !

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