Ramadan in Dubai – Understanding this Religious Holiday

Ramadan in Dubai – Understanding this Religious HolidayThe most significant event in the month of June is the onset of Ramadan. This is a time when Muslims pray to become closer to God (Allah) and is a time they cannot eat, drink, smoke, or have sex during the hours from dawn to dusk.

Ramadan is likely to start on June 18, Eid on July 17; it depends on the moon. The official announcement has been given on the dates of Ramadan and Eid. Ramadan 2015 in US will start on June18th as well.

Nonetheless, announcing the dates for its upcoming festivals and special occasions, DFRE said the fifth Ramadan in Dubai is set to begin on 19 June and aims to give residents and visitors the opportunity to experience and know more about Ramadan.

Most visitors in Dubai would assume that Muslims would dread Ramadan, but this is not the case. For them, it is the greatest time of the year in renewing their faith. The Holy month of Ramadan is a time of reflection and piety. Observers will see increasing time spent in prayer (reciting the Holy Quran) in addition to engaging in acts of charity to demonstrate both graciousness and humility.

The Dubai Festivals and Retail Establishment (DFRE), which works as an agency of the Department of Tourism and Commerce Marketing (DTCM) and is responsible for the licensing and classification of all tourism services are committed to strengthening the Dubai economy through attracting tourists. This month, they have put together the opportunity to experience the Holy Month of Ramadan through several cultural, community and family-oriented events.

Laila Mohammed Suhail, Chief Executive Officer of the DFRE, said Ramadan in Dubai (from 19 June to 17 July) will bring festivals, special occasions and celebrations to celebrate the religious period with the aim of reaching out to all communities and people of all cultural backgrounds for a culturally enriching experience. Ramadan in Dubai has offerings such as the Dubai International Holy Quran Award, Dubai Ramadan Forum (June 24 to 4 July, Dubai World Trade Centre and other locations), Ramadan Tents (June 19 to July 17, held citywide) and the Ramadan Night Market (July 2 to 11, at DWTC).

Ramadan-related activities like the annually organized Ramadan forum will host a group of prominent speakers and preachers who will be participating in the programme to speak about the religious importance of Ramadan and its significance to the people of Dubai.

Last month, the Federal National Council had instructed the Federal Authority for Government Human Resources to declare the last 10 days of Ramadan a holiday for the government sector; thus, giving an opportunity for several people to take part in treasured Ramadan moments. Mosabbah Al Katbi, an FNC member from Sharjah, said the declaration should be implemented because “the body tends to [be] exhausted by the last 10 days of Ramadan, with the elderly, pregnant women and adolescents especially susceptible to stress and fatigue.”

Visitors holidaying in Dubai during the period of Ramadan are respectfully asked to be considerate of those who are taking part in the religious practice. Although fasting is not required for non-Muslims, they should respect the feelings of Muslims by not eating, drinking or smoking in public places such as streets and workplaces.

Recently, the United States Embassy enjoyed its annual 4th of July celebration on June 4, one month early, in order to respect the upcoming Ramadhan month in the UAE.

Ramadan in Dubai – Understanding this Religious Holiday

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