The holy month of Ramadan is celebrated quite vibrantly in Dubai. The locals observe this festival of fasting and prayers in a unique manner by blending the contemporary lifestyles of this fast-paced city and the age-old customs and traditions associated with the festival. However, many tourists may not be aware of the rules that are applicable to them during this festival. The following tips will help such tourists enjoy their stay in Dubai during Ramadan without any hassles.
No eating or drinking at public places during fasting hours
Tourists, irrespective of their religion, should strictly refrain from eating or drinking in public places and public and private transportation during the fasting hours in Dubai. It is a way of showing your respect towards those fasting during the festival and towards the festival itself.
Be mindful of your Dress
Travelers should dress modestly in public places during this period. Clothing that is revealing, sheer, tight-fitting, too-short or low-cut such as miniskirts, shorts and sleeveless tops should not be worn in public places such as malls, hotels and restaurants or at iftar tents in the evenings.
Public display of affection is a strict no-no
Visitors should not act inappropriately or indulge in public display of affection during this period.
Refrain from these in public
Travelers are also advised not to listen to loud music and chew gum in public during Ramadan in Dubai. If using headphones, make sure the music is inaudible to public around you. Also, do not consume alcohol or pork in the evenings during iftar at restaurants.
Deal with workplace etiquette carefully
Business travelers should be mindful of the shorter office hours during this period and should act accordingly. Business meetings with fasting Muslims should be organised around morning hours or when people are less tired.