Ramadan dos and don'ts

Here are few ideas to help you adopt the appropriate behaviour during the holy month

Ramadan 2009, The Knowledge

Don’t dance or sing in public at any time. Most major nightclubs will be shut, but bars will generally be open after 7pm. There is also no live music and nothing above quiet background music in bars and pubs.

Do make the most of the community spirit and sumptuous food to be found in the Iftar tents at the city’s hotels. It’s a great opportunity to relax, play games and experience some traditional Arabic entertainment.

Don’t play loud music at any time in your car, on the beach or even at home.

Don’t wear revealing or tight clothes in public. This includes when you are heading for a night out.

Don’t smoke, drink, chew gum or eat in public in the hours between sunrise and sunset. It’s not only seen as offensive, but could get you a warning from the police or even a short spell in jail for any flagrant flouting of the rules.

Don’t swear in public. Blasphemy is frowned upon at the best of times, but during the holy month of Ramadan it’s particularly insulting.

Do get into the charitable spirit. You don’t have to spend the earth – small gestures go a long way, from buying a hot construction worker a bottle of water to rescuing a stray kitten.

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