Ramadan - the month of fasting in Islam. Millions of Muslims around the world observe this month by abstaining from food and drink for a period of time, the specifics determined by their personal beliefs (or those of their country). With many Muslims visiting Dubai, it is important to stay up-to-date on what to expect during Ramadan in Dubai. That's where we come in!
How to Prepare for Ramadan
Ramadan is a month of fasting and prayer. It lasts for 29 or 30 days that are meant to bring Muslims closer to God. Ramadan falls on the ninth month on the Islamic lunar calendar in which the world revolves around Allah, the god of Islam. Ramadan is also known as the Month of Mercy, in which all people give up worldly desires and focus on what's important to them. Some preparations for Ramadan might include downloading apps like Prayer Times or Insight Quran to find out when they can pray.
Ramadan and How to Eat During the Month
We all know that Ramadan is a special month for Muslims when they give up food and drink. But, what do you do if you are not Muslim? The same practices will apply to friends who may be fasting along with you. What can you expect while fasting during Ramadan? We've put together a guide to eating during Ramadan including what you can expect on the first day, how often and when it is acceptable to eat, how much you should eat and all the other questions that come up when talking about food, water and drink during the holy month of Ramadan.
For non-Muslims, eating out might be a bit more challenging but not impossible. Most restaurants will open for lunch and dinner, with closed-off sections to make sure that those who've chosen to fast will not be tempted by seeing someone consume food and drink.
As the sun sets, the festivities begin as Iftar buffet tables are laid out and everyone goes out to break their fast. This is a great time to spend with friends and the perfect opportunity to sample delicious Middle Eastern food.
What to Expect for Traveling in Dubai During Ramadan
People are not limited to traveling in Dubai during Ramadan. The holy month is a time for people to attend the mosque and practice their faith, but those staying in Dubai will find that there are many activities to be enjoyed during this time. There are plenty of shopping opportunities, food choices, and tourist attractions that will all be open and welcoming visitors at this time of year. If you want to get some rest during the day and observe your religion, it may be best to stay at home or avoid traveling on public transportation.