When is Ramadan?

Visiting the UAE and wondering when is Ramadan? Its definitely good to know, as this religious period affects all aspects of day to day life.

Ramadan occurs during the ninth month of the Muslin Calendar. It is the holy month when Muslims commemorate the revelation of the Quaran to the Prophet Mohammed.

Muslims (with the exeption of the ill, young and pregnant), during this Holy Month, will abstain from all food, drinks (including water), smoking and sexual intercourse from sunrise until sunset.

It is expected (and legally required) that non-Muslims show their respect by not eating, drinking or smoking in public during Ramadan. 

During Ramadan the accepted salutation among friends is Ramadan Kareem. 

With the exception of selected restaurants in some hotels, all restaurants and fast-food outlets are closed throughout the day. 

The fast is broken each day at sunset with Iftar, which literally means ‘break fast.’ Many hotels offer special Iftar buffets which are enjoyed by people of all nationalities and religions. 

Eid Al Fitr(Feast of the Breaking of the Fast) is the three-day celebration/holiday that marks the end of Ramadan.


When is Ramadan? - Check the Public Holiday Listings

For the Public Holidays in UAE for 2011, click here.

For a listing of the Public Holiday dates for 2012, click here.

For UAE Holidays 2013, click here.

For a listing of the UAE National Holidays for 2014, click here.

For a listing of the 2015 Public Holidays, click here.


Other Muslim Festivals and Events

  • Eid Al Fitr – the breaking of the fast marking the end of Ramadan
  • Arafat - the second day of the Hajj pilgrimage and the day before Eid al Adha. Named after the geographical area Arafa where the Prophet gave his Farewell Sermon.
  • Eid Al Adha – the sacrifice which marks the end of the pilgrimage to Mecca
  • Mawlid Al Nabee – holiday celebrating the Prophet Muhammad’s birthday 
  • Lailat Al Mi’raj – the prophets ascension into heaven 
  • Ashura - commemorates the death in battle of the Prophet’s grandson, Imam Husain 
Not all Muslim Calendar events are public holidays in the commercial sector.

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