Dubai has the highest number in terms of population in UAE. Although Islam is the official state religion of UAE, Dubai enjoys a blend of Hindus, Christians, Buddhists, Sikhs and other non-Muslim communities. Approximately 80% of the population in Dubai consists of expatriates from India, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka and other Asian countries.
Ramadan or Ramadhan is one of the biggest and holiest festivals of UAE and is celebrated with utmost joy and enthusiasm across the region. It is the 9th Month of Islamic calendar where they celebrate the revelation of Quran to Muhammad, by fasting and performing various rituals. If you are in Dubai this Ramadan, there are few things you need to take care of and few things you should not miss to enjoy the holy festival of Ramadan.
Ramadan being holiest festival in Dubai requires people to dress appropriately. Clothes like shorts, sleeveless t-shirts & any sort of revealing clothes in public places is frowned upon & should be avoided. Even if you are following a different religion it is advisable to go by these rules and respect the sacred festival as well as the sentiments behind it.
- Public Behavior
It is obligatory and expected to share a Ramadan greeting when you are among people. Commonly greeting with salutations like “Ramadan Kareem” or “Ramadan Mubarak” is considered a kind gesture and also serves as a good conversation starter. People usually refrain from using any kind of cuss words or profanity. Moreover it would be advisable to abstain from eating, smoking or drinking in public. Also, you should keep away from loud music.
- Iftar Feast
To break their fast communities across the globe organize Iftar feasts. Big hotel chains offer myriad number of buffet options. They provide fast-friendly dishes ranging from Arabic to Emirati cuisines. It is traditional to exchange gifts in these meals. These feasts are usually held in a tent where locals and tourists come together to eat, smoke Sheesha & play board games. Iftar parties are the heart of Ramadan & people celebrate it with utmost enthusiasm.
- Tourist Attractions
Tourist places in Dubai are usually less crowded during the entire month of Ramadan. Hence, tourists do not have to go through the hassle of long queues & expensive hotel bookings. Major tourist attractions during this season are the night markets on the streets. The city gets radiant with the buzz of these markets and the crowd created around it. Although, one should check twice before leaving their hotels, as the timings for majority of tourist attractions are shortened and they tend to close down the place early. Here are few other tourist attractions in Dubai.
Government offices, Private offices, Local shops as well as parks close down earlier than usual. As mentioned earlier, tourist places too shutdown before dusk. Moreover Namaz timings should also be checked if you need to get any sort of work done in any of the public or private establishments.
To enjoy this festival, one should abide by these social norms. Irrespective of the religion you belong to, this divine festival shall fill your bags with lot a spiritual and cultural memories.
Reach out to us if you’re planning a visit Dubai this Ramadan!