The ninth month of the Islamic calendar, Ramadan is the holy month of fasting and one of the five pillars of Islam, in which Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) received his first revelations.
When is Ramadan held and how is observed in Dubai?
The month of Ramadan in Dubai starts once the new moon of the ninth month of the traditional Muslim calendar rises and ends when the next crescent moon gets to be seen and lasts for 30 days. In Dubai, the beginning of Ramadan is confirmed by the United Arab Emirates Moon Sighting Committee. Muslims fast throughout this holy month from sunrise by eating a pre-dawn meal, suhoor before the Fajr prayer and break their fast after the sunset with an evening traditional meal, iftar with a date. During this holy month, many hotels also offer extensive buffets for iftar. Islam is an official religion in Dubai, so Muslims, inhabitants, as well as visitors of other beliefs, must respect this holy month and abstain from eating and drinking in public places during fasting hours as a sign of respect to the local values. Children and those who are suffering from the disease are exempted from fasting.
Ramadan for Muslims in Dubai:
Fasting is a compulsion for adult Muslims, during the whole month most of the Muslims give charity that is an important part of Ramadan and try to abstain from quarrelling. They spend most of the time in praying and reciting the Holy Quran.
Rules and restrictions for Non-Muslims:
During Ramadan non-Muslims, are not expected to fast. However, they should not eat, drink or smoke in respect of this holy month.
They should dress properly and avoid dresses that show the shoulders and knees.
During the fasting hours of Ramadan, they are not allowed to play loud music in public places
Hotels, Restaurants and Nightclubs:
In this slightly quieter month, nightclubs remain close, however many hotels offer great deals at profoundly reduced rates. During fasting hours restaurants’ doors are kept closed and non-Muslims can eat at the dining areas concealed behind the screens.
Shopping malls and Supermarkets
In Dubai, during Ramadan, shopping malls and supermarkets are open three hours later than usual though food courts of shopping malls remain close or screen off for non-Muslims and children in respect of Ramadan.
Working hours during Ramadan
During Ramadan working hours are reduced by two hours per day under Article 65 of UAE Law, applicable for Muslims as well as non-Muslims.