In 2019, Ramadan in Dubai should fall between the 5th May and the 4th June, but this changes every year with the sighting of the moon as it is dependent on the lunar calendar. Ramadan is the holy month in the Islamic calendar and during this time, Muslims fast from sunrise to sunset. Fasting means that nothing can pass their lips including eating, drinking (including water) or even smoking. Muslims also try to abstain from impure thoughts during this holy time.
The fast is traditionally broken at sunset, often with two dates and a drink of water. After this is Iftar which is normally a lavish buffet meal comprised of many delicious Arabic dishes. Iftar is one of the traditions observed during Ramadan and is often enjoyed with family and friends coming together to break their fast as a community. Visitors are very welcome to travel to Dubai during Ramadan – in fact, it is a great time to visit! Not only are visitors welcome to join in on the lavish Iftar buffets and celebrations that are going on in the evenings, but there is also a lot to see and do to soak up the culture of Dubai during the day.
The only thing to consider when travelling to Dubai during Ramadan is to be a little bit more respectful. This means not eating, drinking or smoking in public during daylight hours out of respect for those who are fasting, although you can eat and drink in your hotel as normal. In terms of dress, just remember to be a little bit more conservative than usual. When it comes to clothing, you don’t need to wear a scarf or anything but just make sure you wear clothing which covers your knees and shoulders to be respectful.
Every night during Ramadan, we will be serving a delicious Iftar dinner on all our Desert Safaris in our traditional Bedouin camps in the desert; it doesn’t get much more authentic than this! At the dinner, there will also be a local Emirati who can share a few stories and teach you a little more about this special month. Come join us for a traditional Iftar experience in Dubai of lamb ouzi, lentil soup, grilled minced beef kofta and many more surprises.
For More information about Ramadan – download our free Ramadan in Dubai Guide