The month of Ramadan started on May 6, 2019, and is expected to last till 29 or 30 days depending on the moon sighting. It is the ninth month of the Islamic calendar and is marked by fasting observed by Muslims throughout the world. It is also a significant part of the pillars of Islam along with Zakat, Hajj, Salat, and Shahadah. Ramadan in the UAE is no different than other countries. The fasts start at dawn and end at sunset. Muslims wake up at Suhoor, consume food and then stop at Fajr. The fast break happens during Maghrib which is known as the Iftaar. During this time, food and drinks are not consumed and discipline is expected to be observed by everyone.
What to expect?
During Ramadan in the UAE, the food outlets are closed and public eating is prohibited. However, there are hotels that offer food items to people who do not fast. According to the UAE law, the working hours are reduced by two hours in Ramadan. However, the timings depend on the public and the private sector. All shops are closed an hour before Suhoor however, during the Iftaar time, all the shops and restaurants are opened. Bars and clubs are opened during the day time but they are prohibited to serve alcohol before sunset. No loud music is played during Ramadan. All supermarkets are opened so you can shop without any hassle. Malls are opened and work as usual, however, they are busier after Iftaar as people tend to shop after they break their fasts. PDA and other public affection should be avoided as it is not deemed as appropriate especially in this holy month.
Throughout Ramadan, various festivities and activities are carried out across the UAE. You can become a part of them and enjoy your Ramadan in the UAE. Abu Dhabi is offering free view offered of the Ferrari World starting from Thursday to Saturday every week only in Ramadan. Sharjah is organizing a sporting event which features teams across the UAE. Al Qasba is hosting Ramadan Nights offering diverse activities from food stalls to accessories daily till the end of this auspicious month. Abu Dhabi is hosting a photography exhibition that will showcase the images of the development of UAE in the early stages. This will take place during the last five days of Ramadan at The Galleria Al Maryah Island. It is revered as a month of blessing and a lot of charity happens during Ramadan. If you see people giving away food items for free, enjoy the blessings of Ramadan.
Traveling during Ramadan in the UAE should not be a problem but care needs to be taken. Ramadan is a month of peace and discipline. When journeying to UAE, make sure that you are dressed appropriately and you avoid eating during fasting hours. Ramadan in the UAE will give you a new insight into the holy month and the way it is observed. This is once in a year opportunity that should not be missed.