The Islamic month of Ramadan is the ninth of the Islamic calendar. As part of the five pillars of Islam, devout and traditional Muslims fast between sunrise and sunset (in daylight hours), in order to develop self-awareness, patience, and forbearance. It is said that the soul is purified from evil influence and one's faith in Allah is strengthened through this ritual performed on the Prophet Muhammad's birthday. In addition, it is forbidden to smoke, have sex, and there are no weddings during the day. A traditional greeting in Dubai during Ramadan is “Ramadan Karim” (generous / happy month) or “Ramadan Mubarak” (blessed month). Spread this proverb with a smile :).
Fasting ends every day in the month of Ramadan in the Maghreb (sunset prayer time). Usually, the fast is broken with water and fruits before the prayer, followed by a big meal. After sunset, an “Iftar” meal is held among the family or in the Iftar tents and buffets. For visitors, it's a pleasant way to experience the tradition.
The Ramadan nights have a holiday and festival atmosphere in contrast to the hours of the day. Towards the end of Ramadan, the night known as al-Qader, when Islam was its first version of the Qur'an, was celebrated in honor of Muhammad. Eid al-Fitr is celebrated during the last three days of Ramadan. A variety of festivals are held that highlight the traditions associated with the holiday.
Ramadan will take place this year between April 2 and May 2, 2022
Since the temperatures rise very high in April in Dubai, the month of Ramadan does not take place during the peak of the tourist season. This is beneficial for you since you can travel anywhere with no overcrowding, which is common during other times of the year. A cannon is fired every evening in Dubai to signal the end of the fast. It has been a tradition in Dubai since the 1960s. There are five main spots in Dubai where cannons are fired: Burj Park, Eid prayer grounds in El Mankul and Al Braha, Jumeirah State, and central Dubai.
Immediately after sunset, a festive and rich meal called “Iftar” breaks the fast. We dine together with friends, families and guests.
Note that after sunset, when Muslims go out to celebrate the end of their fast, the streets can be crowded and the traffic can be chaotic. In a way, the celebration of breaking the fast in Dubai at the end of Ramadan, which takes place this year towards May 12, resembles Independence Day celebrations. Three days of celebration fill the city with life, even more than during peak tourist season. A variety of rich holiday menus can also be found at restaurants, and shopping centers and entertainment centers host special events that increase activity. Malls and markets offer unique holiday specials and distribute gifts nowadays since charity and giving are among the principles of the holiday.
While staying in Dubai during Ramadan has its limitations, there are also some benefits:
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Dubai has an amazing combination of Arab tradition and customs alongside modernity and the pinnacle of innovation and splendor. Tourists have the opportunity to experience these wonderful combinations during Ramadan while also respecting Islamic tradition and culture. To show mutual respect and bring hearts together, you can use the following greetings during Ramadan: Greetings for Ramadan can be expressed by saying “Ramadan Kareem,” which means “Have a generous Ramadan,” or “Ramadan Mubarak,” which roughly translates to “Happy Ramadan.” Eid-al-Fitr, which marks the end of Ramadan, is greeted by the words “Eid Mubarak.”