If you are about to spend your first Ramadan in Dubai, then you need to be aware of the traditional festivities you should not miss and be mindful of the rules and regulations in Dubai during the Holy Month.
What is Ramadan? The Holy month of Ramadan is when Muslims fast across the globe, commemorating the revelation of the Qu’ran, the Holy Book, to Prophet Muhammad. From dawn to dusk, Muslims will abstain from eating and drinking, finally breaking their fast with dates at sunset.
Ramadan is usually observed in the UAE during the summer season. However, because Ramadan falls earlier this year, the weather remains pleasant for outdoor activities. At the same time, several theme parks, shopping malls, and other tourist landmarks may remain comparatively emptier during the day, making this the ideal time to explore the city and experience a true sense of Islamic culture.
In line with Dubai’s vision of being a leading tourist destination, it has recently relaxed some of its stringent laws during Ramadan.
Visitors and non-Muslims/non-fasters can now be served food and beverages during the day. The rules regarding the sale of alcohol during Ramadan have also been relaxed. Permitted bars and restaurants can now serve alcohol even before sunset.
Though changes have been made in the city’s Holy Month regulations, Non-Muslims should keep in mind that the whole country is fasting and in prayer. During the fasting hours, tourists should refrain from smoking, dancing, or playing loud music, as well as wearing improper apparel in public places, in order to respect the sentiments, customs, and traditions of the locals.
After sunset, the evenings will come alive as people break their fast, and delicious meals are served at most restaurants and hotels throughout the Emirate.
You can check out Gulf Court Hotel Business Bay which is one of the best places to dine in during this time. Enjoy sumptuous Iftar spreads with your family while getting serenaded by live music from an Oud player and enjoying the panoramic views of the Dubai Water Canal.
There are also many other hotels and restaurants which will put together buffet extravaganzas and entertainment during Iftar. If you are invited to an Iftar party, it will be a great opportunity for you to learn more about Emirati traditions. Make sure that you are prepared for the evening traffic rush by booking tables in advance and taking more time in hand while venturing from one destination to another.
You should not miss this opportunity to savor the Middle East’s globally-acclaimed cuisine in style during this season!
Ghabga and Suhoor
After Iftar, some restaurants offer Ghabga snacks as well to continue the family celebration during Ramadan. The word “Ghabga” is derived from the Arabic word “Ghubooq,” which means late-night eating and gatherings before suhoor. Ghabga is usually served from 9:30 pm until 12 midnight or even later.
Suhour, on the other hand, is a meal eaten at dawn, before sunrise, and at the beginning of the fasting hours. Suhoor is normally eaten at home by Muslims, and hotels provide it as an in-room dining option for tourists.
End of Ramadan
Eid al-Fitr marks the end of the holy month of Ramadan. Eid is the festival of fast-breaking and is designed to be a time of blessing and happiness for the entire Muslim community.
It is expected to take place on 2nd May 2022 and it is usually followed by a long-weekend public holiday in the UAE. Anticipate a more vibrant celebration in the city, with Eid shopping sales, Eid brunches in hotels, Eid staycation packages, and a lot more!
Ramadan in Dubai
Dubai has a lot of things to offer even during Ramadan! It is definitely a great time to visit since you will be able to skip the milling crowds at most landmarks while enjoying a unique side to the city that is worth experiencing for sure. Of course, the delicious cuisine and entertainment will be the icing on the cake.