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New to the UAE? Here’s all what you need to know about Ramadan!

What is Ramadan?

Ramadan is the ninth month of the Muslim year. During Ramadan, Muslims fast from dawn to sunset.

When is it?

Ramadan 2018 will fall on Thursday 17th May, dates change annually.

Why is the date different every year?

The month of Ramadan begins when the new moon is seen, known as Hilal.

Who should fast?

Fasting during the month of Ramadan is obligatory for every mature, sane, and healthy Muslim.

Why do Muslims fast?

Fasting is one of the five pillars of Islam. The other pillars are faith, prayer, charity and making the pilgrimage to Mecca.

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What is Iftar and Sohour?

Iftar is breaking the fast which is by Sunset/Maghrib prayers; 7:04pm on the first day of Ramadan.

While Sohour is the meal you have before you have to start fasting by Fajr prayers, 4:04am right before sunrise.

How do you greet others in Ramadan?

You can greet people by saying 'Ramadan Kareem' or 'Ramadan Mubarak' which means 'have a blessed Ramadan'

Ever wondered what a Fanous is?

The Fanous is a lantern, a worldwide symbol that represents the holy month of Ramadan. It illuminate streets in a sea of color, creating a beautiful and magical atmosphere. The concept of the lanterns originated in ancient Egypt, where people greet each other in the holy moth with a lantern.

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What is Eid?

There are 2 Eids in Islam, Eid Al Fitr and Eid Al Adha.

Eid Al Fitr marks the end of Ramadan Month, which will fall on Friday June 15th this year.

While Eid Al-Adha will fall on August 21st.

Do's and don't for non-Muslims during Ramadan in the UAE

  • Don't Smoke, drink, eat or chew gum in public from sunrise to sunset. This includes while you're driving, in public places such as shopping malls or offices as it's against the law.
  • You can drink and eat in the privacy of your home, avoid doing so in the balcony where others can see you.
  • Keep music at a low volume while in your car or inside your home.
  • There is no dress code during Ramadan, however, it is the norm to dress appropriately.

Here's also some changes you'll notice during the month of Ramadan in the UAE.

Working hours

Hours are usually reduced by 2-3 hours according to the organization.

Parking Timings

The paid parking zones in Dubai will be operational from 8am to 6pm and from 8pm to 12am during Ramadan.

Opening hours of malls

Most Malls in the UAE are open till 2am in Ramadan.

 

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