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Beginning of Ramadan 2013 in Dubai and UAE

Beginning of Ramadan 2013 in Dubai and UAEIn few days, the Holy Month of Ramadan 2013 (1434 year of Hijri  calendar) is starting. The Beginning of Ramadan is typically a day (or more) after the astronomical new moon; since the islamic calendar is based on the lunar phases the beginning of the new month, Muslims can only estimate the beginning of Ramadan; even though more recently some Muslims are leaning towards using astronomical calculations to avoid this confusion.

In this month Muslims are required to fast by abstaining from eating, drinking, smoking, having sex during the day; they can simply enjoy an evening meal – called iftar – after a prayer that breaks the fast. Some Muslims use to do a little breakfast before sunrise.

The beginning of Ramadan 2012

During Ramadan, Muslims pray one more time (in addition to the usual five daily prayers) for a special prayer called Taraweeh (Night Prayer). The 27th evening of the month (the same day when Muhammad received the revelation of their Holy Quran), Muslims celebrate the Laylat-al-Qadr (the Night of Power).

The end of Ramadan is celebrated, at the first day of the month of Shawwal, with a three-day holiday (Id-al-Fitr), celebrated with friends and family, exchanging gifts and banquets in the family.
For the year of 1434 Hijri, the first day of Ramadan was determined to be July 10th 2013 in UAE.

People traveling to Dubai, UAE and the Arab world in general, during the Holy Month of Ramadan should know some simple rules to spend their time in an Arab country during this Muslim celebration, and not run into difficult situations or problems. Almost all restaurants are closed during the day; some restaurants inside the hotels are open in order to serve meals only to non-Muslim customers. Also in some malls, some restaurants (well hidden from public view), serve food and drinks.
Bars and nightclubs can be opened, but without music.

Beginning of Ramadan 2013 in Dubai and UAE

The opening hours of shops, museums and monuments can be different, to meet needs of fasting people: maybe opening only a couple of hours in the early morning, and then again in the evening after iftar (the meal that marks the end of the daily fasting, just after the sunset).
The non-Muslims who travel to Dubai, UAE or Arab countries during Ramadan must eat, drink and smoke without being seen by Muslims, during the day and should avoid consuming alcohol also where usually permitted, to respect the local tradition. So if you go around, in the pool or beach during the day, remember to drink not even water, to avoid being called up.

In some tourist places (such as the Wild Wadi, the famous water park close to the Burj Al Arab), it is possible to eat and drink safely.

The end of Ramadan is celebrated, at the first day of the month of Shawwal, with a three-day holiday (Id-al-Fitr), celebrated with friends and family, exchanging gifts and banquets in the family.
So to all the Muslim Readers of DubaiBlog we say:

رمضان كريم
(Ramadan Kareem)

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