Ramadan – The Season of Repentance & Enlightenment
Post the vast spread of the COVID-19 coronavirus, the United Arab Emirates has opened its borders to enable tourists, citizens and residents to cross over the seven Emirates, and travel across the globe for business and tourism purposes that were being pushed for almost 12 months.
The move is part of a wider plan by the Dubai ruler, His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, to boost the city’s offers by $200 billion over the next five years. The ability of moving to Dubai has re-established with the help of the government’s great leadership and decision-making capabilities.
During Ramadan, Dubai becomes a much holier city than it is usually, because the followers of Islam fast for almost 15 hours for thirty days straight! Following the fast comes Iftar, which is basically how Muslims break their fast. Therefore, below are certain guidelines to be followed during the holy month of Ramadan:-
Things not to do:
- Drinking water on the streets is prohibited as per the law, but one can surely consume food and water indoors and in publicly situated food courts where the permit to serve food has been granted by the government of Dubai. Various small, medium and large restaurant businesses continue to serve as usual because they are allowed to do so.
- Smoking cigarettes is banned in open smoking zones during the holy month of Ramadan, as it is harmful for fasting individuals, and other non-smokers passing by such zones.
- Insulting or mocking at Muslims for fasting during Ramadan across the United Arab Emirates is considered insensitive and is punishable by the court of law.
Things you may do:
- If you’re sick or on medication, you can surely consume your medicines anywhere at anytime, provided you have a prescription available with yourself.
- Do avoid speeding on roads situated closer to mosques during the evenings as Iftar hours attract huge crowds towards Mosques and other residential buildings.
- Do go for Iftars with your fasting-friends to further experience the culture. You must consider it as an honor to be part of it.
The daily fast during Ramadan is broken in the evenings usually at around 7pm (after the first call of prayer). Here is how Muslims break their fast during Ramadan: dates with a glass of water or milk, followed by dinner. The government of Dubai has even announced free parking across the city from 6pm – 8pm during Ramadan, this helps people park their cars to visit mosques with the stress of re-issuing or renewing parking tickets.
Below are a few popular delicacies that you may enjoy at Iftar breaks. These delicacies are usually considered healthy and nutritious because fasting Muslims consume their second meal of the day after almost 15 – 16 hours.
- Baklava (Turkish pastry)
- Harees (Emirati dish)
- Malouf (Middle eastern delicacy)
- Harira (Moroccan Soup)
- Lamb Ouzi (Main course Iftar meal)
- Kunafa (levantine desert)
- Umm Ali (Egyptian desert)
The process of internationally moving from another country to Dubai during Ramadan is usually executed without any interruption. In fact, business operations and working hours are reduced across the city (usually reduced by 3 hours per day) but the procedure of traveling, moving, and many such businesses that affect and rely on international tourism operate non-stop!
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