In 2021, Ramadan in Dubai should fall between 13th April and 12th May, however, this changes every year with the sighting of the moon as it is dependent on the lunar calendar. Ramadan is the ninth and holy month in the Islamic calendar and during this time Muslims fast from dawn to sunset. To fast means that nothing can pass their lips including eating, drinking (including water) or even smoking. Muslims also try to abstain from impure thoughts and bad habits during this holy time.
The fast is traditionally broken at sunset, often with dates and a drink of water. After this Muslims enjoy 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 still 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.
When travelling to Dubai during Ramadan, one thing to consider is to be a bit more respectful than on other days. 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 that covers your knees and shoulders.
This year, we offer a variety of options for you to enjoy Iftar. You can embark on a Heritage Desert Safari and celebrate Ramadan by breaking the fast, indulging in Arabic dishes added to our regular menu and hear about Ramadan from an Emirati host. Our other Ramadan Iftars focus on exclusivity and privacy. During weekends you can enjoy a Traditional Ramadan Iftar. During which you will break that fast and eat Iftar in the privacy of your own private tent, complemented by aromatic shisha, an oud player and an astronomy session. 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.
For the more discerned guests, they can enjoy a Luxurious Ramadan Iftar in a private cabana. This is an addition to our Royal Desert Retreat Fine Dining and includes dishes such as a seafood platter and tagine, available on a daily basis.
For More information about Ramadan – download our free Ramadan in Dubai Guide