Ramadan, the ninth month of the Islamic calendar, is regarded as the holiest month of the year for Muslims. During Ramadan, Muslims focus on prayer and reflection, and adults are expected to fast from dawn until dusk each day. Dubai will slow down during this time, with businesses and organisations operating reduced opening times.
Whilst non-Muslims are not expected to fast, there are a few etiquette rules to be followed to respect those who are fasting. Eating and drinking will not be allowed in public on campus during this time, and eating, drinking and smoking are forbidden in public during daylight hours across the country.
The daily fast is traditionally broken by a sip of water and dates, followed by a large feast known as Iftar. Iftars are sociable events, with friends and families gathering together to eat. Throughout Dubai, Iftar buffets are offered everywhere, from restaurants and hotels to Legoland!
Ramadan ends with Eid al-Fitr, celebrated with the first sighting of the crescent moon. There is a three day public holiday and across the city there are a huge range of exciting activities and performances. Look out for events across Dubai during this time.