Visiting Dubai and UAE during Ramadan

Visiting Dubai and UAE during RamadanThis year, Ramadan is set to start June 18th and end July 16th. During this period, Muslims must fast from dawn until sunset. During those hours, they need to refrain from consuming food and drinking liquids. Fasting is obligatory for Muslims. 

Visitors holidaying in Dubai, UAE or Islamic Countries 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 must respect the feelings of Muslims by not eating, drinking or smoking in public places such as streets and workplaces. Not respecting that can have also bad consequences (up to be jailed..).

Because of fasting and prayers time, public offices and stores use to have different opening times. So before moving to go somewhere, give a check.. Also because of mandatory fasting for Muslims, mostly all the restaurants are closed during the day, opening just for the Iftar (the dine Muslims have after the sunset). Some restaurants and cafeteria can be opened (especially inside the hotels) for non-Muslims only, and with windows and doors darkened (so Muslims cannot see people eating and drinking while fasting).

Also, as part of the religious practice, Muslims need also to restrain from smoking, engaging in sexual relations and show behavior that could be perceived as sinful, such as swearing, engaging in disagreements, backbiting and procrastination.

In addition, the Islamic month of Ramadan is also a time for prayers; many will engage in extra morning and nightly prayers. Everyone is also encouraged to read the entire Quran during this period.

Ramadan is also time when Muslims practice self-discipline, self-control, sacrifice, and show empathy for those who are less fortunate; thus actions of generosity (helping those in need) and charity (giving money to the poor) are encouraged during the month.

The most common greeting during the Ramadan is: رمضان مبارك (Ramadan mubaarak) or رمضان كريم (Ramadan Kareem).
The literal translation is ” Ramadan is generous” and it means that Ramadan is full of good and blessings.
Its standard response is الله أكرم (Allahu Akram) which means “God is even more generous”.

So to all the Muslim Followers we wish:

رمضان كريم
(Ramadan Kareem)

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