Ramadan Guide in Dubai
Ramadan Guide in Dubai
Check out PinoyinDubai's Ramadan guide to all non-Muslims in Dubai and the UAE. Whether it is your first time celebrating Ramadan, how to greet your colleagues, information on Iftar and Suhoor, dos and don'ts and more.
What is Ramadan?
Ramadan is the ninth month of the Islamic calendar. This year, the holy month of Ramadan starts on 18th June 2015 and will last for 29-30 days depending on the moon sighting.
How to greet?
You can greet your colleagues and Muslim friends by saying ‘Ramadan Kareem’ which means Happy Ramadan!
When does fasting start and end?
Fasting begins in sunrise and ends just after sunset. Muslims engage in a pre-fast meal called Suhoor and then they begin the Fajr prayers.
When does Ramadan end?
The government will announce the exact holiday dates for the annual Eid Al Fitr, the yearly three-day celebration after the last day of the holy month of Ramadan and is considered a public holiday in Dubai and the UAE.
Non-Muslims: What you need to know during Ramadan
1. Do not eat and drink in public places including Dubai Metro, shopping malls, public buses, while driving in your car and so on during the fasting hours. This includes chewing gum.
2. Do not engage in PDAs (public displays of affection) like kissing or hugging.
3. Do not play loud music in public (i.e. in your headphones on a trip to work, while driving and more).
4. Do not engage in any aggressive behaviour and swearing (i.e. arguments with other people, bad driving habits and more).
5. Do not wear indecent clothing in public. Men should refrain from wearing sleeveless shirts while women should cover their knees and shoulders.
6. Do not refuse any invitation to join someone at Iftar.
Let us respect our Muslim colleagues and friends as Ramadan is a month of spiritual cleansing for their soul. They refrain from food, drinks, intimate relations and smoking. Majority of the eateries and dining shops are closed during the day. Hotel restaurants and cafes are mostly open to cater those tourists and residents that are not fasting. Still, we have to be aware of the people to avoid offending them.
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