Dubai during Ramadan
Dubai, United Arab Emirates
Dubai during Ramadan Reviews
Jul 11, 2007
Dubai is different from any other Middle Eastern countries, they are more liberated and more open minded in comparison of course to their neighbors Kuwait, Saudi, Oman, etc. Ramadan is a holy month for them though, so they are a bit strict on this. Although, keeping in mind that Dubai is 50% expatriates and coming from different countries but there are basic rules that anyone have to go by when in Public Areas. You cant drink, smoke, eat (even chew gum) from sunrise to sunset or until they declare the breaking of fast in the evening. The streets will be packed and traffic will be horrible just before the breaking of fast as a lot of people will hurry to go home to break fast with families and friends. There will also be an increase of road accidents as people tend to drive fast just to be home on time. When taking a taxi or going from place to place avoid going out just before sunset, sometimes, if the taxi driver is a muslim and gets caught up on the road during prayer time, they might stop and lay their rugs on the roadside and pray - that means you will be waiting in the taxi until they finish praying. Some people who are fasting may have fluctuation of moods, coz when they fast and are hungry during the day they may not even smile. so, dont be surprised! Also, men who are fasting will not talk to a lady and vise versa, they might not even look at you and will tend to ignore you. so dont get offended in case this happens. For ladies avoid wearing less clothes, if you can just try to wear something that covers your shoulders and avoid swearing or shouting in Public Areas as this is offensive for those who are fasting.
Some bars will be open, however majority will be closed. There will be no entertainment like live bands, disco and other events. It's traffic during the night time all over the city as a lot of families tend to go out together. Most beaches and public places will be jammed with people, especially the shops and restaurants. Most shops will be open after sunset, perhaps there might be a couple of them open during day time but very few. The hotels serves alcoholic beverage however only during evening (of course after sunset), however I'm sure most hotels keeps the minibar and you may have this option.
There will be some arabic tents on the beach offering hubbly bubbly (sheesha) - water pipes and the famous Ramadan menu. The One and Only (Royal Mirage) is always good at this. You can check this out in case you are there during this time. People sleep late during Ramadan and wake up late as well. so the streets are empty during day time and packed during night time.
I couldnt think of anything else..I hope this helps..
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