Travelling in Dubai during Ramadan? If so, be mindful of what to expect in a typical day. The first thing to remember is to respect the traditions related to Ramadan. In particular, remember many locals will be fasting, and there will be rules for visitors on where to drink and eat. Though emirate locals are extremely friendly, kind and generous, please do remember that they might be, at times, affected by lack of hydration and nutrition as they go through their daily rituals.
Does Ramadhan affect expatriates and tourism in Dubai? Well, the pace overall in the emirate might slow down; even office workers might be allowed to leave earlier than usual. Reduced working hours for locals during Ramadan might also apply to free zone companies, as per the UAE labor law.
As well, there will be food vendors and some restaurants that close during the day. Again, be mindful of the Ramadan etiquette to be observed during the holy month, by embracing the customs and being respectful. Please note, though, that non-Muslims not observing the fasting period and who eat in public during the day in Ramadan can be fined or even jailed.
Ramadan and Tourism: During Ramadan in Dubai (see YouTube video: 1:02mins), no one expects tourists to be obliged to follow the practices. That said, be sure to learn some of the customs and etiquette, so to be ready for the inevitable changes you will notice in the emirate’s daily activities! For more info: See Ramadan FAQs—provided by The National.
A look into how Muslims celebrate their highest and holiest month. The following tells about Ramadan in the UAE.
Ramadan is an annual Islamic tradition. It is a Holy month that promotes respect of the Muslims ‘own culture and identity. During this time, you might note an increase in volume and frequency of prayers even in the early morning. Muslim engage in prayers—such as the FAJR (morning) Prayer, one of the five daily prayers—and eat suhoor together, in preparation for a day of daily fasting (sawm), as “a way of cleansing the body and soul from impurities and re-focusing on worship,” as mentioned by dubaitourism.ae. See prayer timings in Dubai to know in advance what will take place each day, as locals spend increasing time in mosques reading the Qur’an and listening to religious lectures to feel closer to Allah.
The month of Ramadan is the holiest month of the Muslim calendar, and, this year, is already underway—it began on 6 June 2016; the Holy month ends July 6, which starts Eid Al Fitr (three-day holiday)—i.e., the Festival of Fast breaking that marks the end of Ramadan Experience. Tourists and non-Muslims are welcome to join the festivities.
RAMADAN FESTIVAL EVENTS AND ISLAMIC CULTURE ACTIVITIES: There are many pavilions and majlis (special gatherings) that have been organized as part of the UAE Ramadan and Eid fair celebrations.
At DWTC, the Majlis tradition carries on. For details, see Ramadan Majlis 2016 that runs from 06 June – 06 July 2016. Time: from 8pm – 3am (4am on weekends). Book: +971 4 308 6322.
Further excitement can be found at the Ramadan Night Market shopping bazaar (ramadannightmarket.com) at DWTC, from 23 June – 2 July 2016.