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
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.
For a listing of the Public Holiday dates for 2012, click here.
For a listing of the UAE National Holidays for 2014, click here.
For a listing of the 2015 Public Holidays, click here.