Ramadan is the Holy Month of fasting for Muslims the world over. This year, Ramadan begins on May 5th and will go on till June 4th. Depending on the sighting of the moon, Eid Al-Fitr will be celebrated on June 5th (tentatively). While a lot of people leave UAE during this month or desist from visiting, they are actually missing out on a deeply immersive, revelatory experience. Ramadan in UAE isn’t just about spiritual piety and solemnly observing religious traditions. It is also an exuberant time of frolic and festive cheer and visiting the UAE during this month is perhaps the best way to experience and understand the culture and heritage of the region. Things to Do During Ramadan in UAE There are plenty of places to visit and things to do in the UAE during the month of Ramadan. Here are our top four recommendations of things to see, eat and do during your trip:
The Burj Khalifa
There is nothing quite as majestic as a 360-degree view of the horizon from the top of the world's tallest building. Get an uninterrupted, panoramic view of the marvellous cityscape, the desert and the ocean from the 125th floor which is located 456 metres above sea level.
Dinner at Giardino
After dusk, head out to Giardino, the multi-cuisine restaurant located at Palazzo Versace Dubai, a 5-star hotel whose exclusive architecture and landscaped gardens are as impressive as its luxury amenities. With live cooking stations offering Middle-Eastern and international delicacies, this is the perfect place for scintillating conversations over a decadent meal. The avant-garde setting, consisting of marble “terrazzo” flooring, extravagant columns and a Versace jungle motif wallpaper-inspired wallcovering, serves to heighten the sensory pleasure of the outstanding culinary experience.
Authentic Safari + Iftar
Combining an Iftar with an authentic desert safari should be a must-do on your list this Ramadan. Catch glimpses of the local wildlife, indulge in an authentic Emeriti feast, lounge about in a luxurious Bedouin camp, allow your guide to regale you with stories, enjoy a falconry demonstration, gaze at the stars – in other words, do everything that’ll infuse your Iftar with quintessentially Arabian experiences.
Seawings Signature Tour
Take off from the water and soar into the sky onboard a Cessna seaplane that will take you around all of Dubai's major attractions such as the Burj Khalifa, the Burj Al-Arab Hotel, the Palm Jumeirah and The World Islands. Fly over the fleet of luxury yachts at the Dubai Marina, the gold-tinted beaches and lush green golf courses. There’s nothing like flying in a seaplane for a true-blue Dubai experience!
Dos and Don'ts in the UAE during Ramadan
While UAE is a fun place to be during Ramadan, there is a list of what to do and what not to do during Ramadan, so as to avoid hurting anyone's sentiments. Here are a few Ramadan dos and don'ts:
- Remember that the days are meant for fasting for the Muslims so avoid eating, drinking or smoking in public. This is considered disrespectful to those who are observing the fast.
- Do not turn down an invitation to Iftar, the meal that breaks the fast at the end of the day. It is considered auspicious to be invited to break bread and therefore, disrespectful to turn down such an invitation.
- Since people will be fasting through the day, they will tire more than in the other months and productivity will not be at the same level as before. Be mindful of this.
- Do not schedule work meetings over lunch. Even though Muslims work during Ramadan, they will be fasting during the lunch break and hence it would be impolite to eat in front of them.
- Do not play loud music or dress inappropriately during Ramadan.
- Do not leave dinner appointments until the last minute. Since everyone would be in a hurry to break the fast, restaurants often tend to get overbooked.
- Take dates and gifts when you have been invited to Iftar. It is an auspicious occasion and you should thank your Muslim friends for it.
- Avoid arguments as much as possible. It is important to uphold the peace during the Holy Month.
So there you have it. If you thought you should give UAE a miss during Ramadan, think again. Visit the country during the Holy month and enjoy a slice of the region’s tradition-enriched life.
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