Here's how to ensure you respect Muslims during the Holy Month
Time Out Dubai staff
Do get into the charitable spirit. You don’t have to spend the earth – small gestures go a long way, from offering your taxi driver a more sizeable tip to fostering a stray kitten or dog.
Don’t dance or sing in public at any time. Most major nightclubs will be shut anyway, although bars will generally be open after sunset. There is also no live music (other than oud players and the like) and nothing above quiet background music in bars and pubs.
Don’t play loud music at any time in your car, on the beach or even at home (lest you offend your neighbours).
Don’t wear revealing or tight clothing in public – including when you’re going for a night out. As is the case throughout the year, dress modestly and ensure you’re well covered.
Don’t smoke, drink, eat or chew gum in public in the hours between sunrise and sunset. It’s not only seen as offensive, but could also get you a warning from the police or even a short spell in jail for any flagrant flouting of the rules. Public places include your office or workplace, car, elevators and hallways.
Don’t swear in public. Blasphemy is frowned upon at the best of times, but during the Holy Month it’s all the more insulting.
Do make the most of the community spirit and sumptuous food to be found in the iftar tents across the city. It’s a great opportunity to relax, play games and experience some traditional Arabic entertainment. If you’re new to Dubai, the iftar at the Sheikh Mohammed Centre for Cultural Understanding is particularly recommended. View our comprehensive Ramadan guide here