The holy month of Ramadan will start towards the end of the third week of June this year. Ramadan is the ninth month of the Islamic lunar calendar and is one of the most important months for Muslims. This period serves as a healthy reminder that UAE remains a predominantly Muslim country. As such, it is important to know the rules of public conduct during Ramadan.
Here is a handy guide to help steer you in the right direction. But remember, Muslim or not, everyone can appreciate the all-embracing message of this special month, that of tolerance, compassion, gratitude and above all charity.
- You may say “Ramadan Kareem” to your Muslim friends and colleagues. “Eid Mubarak” is what you say at the end of Ramadan.
- Be respectful to your colleagues who are fasting. If you wish to eat, drink or smoke, you need to do it in the privacy of your home, hotel room or closed office. Most restaurants will be closed during the day or if they are serving food, their windows will be covered so as not to be visible from the outside. Some restaurants will only provide delivery service during fasting hours.
- Dress modestly and refrain from wearing shorts, mini-skirts and sleeveless outfits especially if you are going to public places. This law is applicable all year round, but during Ramadan sensitivities are heightened.
- Ramadan is a time for prayer and spiritual reflection. As such, it is important to respect the peace by not playing loud music in your home or car.
- Do not swear in public. Profanity is frowned upon at the best of times, but during the Holy Month of Ramadan it’s particularly offensive.
- Do not dance, sing or be intoxicated in public at any time. Most clubs are closed during Ramadan but those venues which are open will only serve alcohol after sunset. There will be no live music playing.
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