Ramadan dos and don’ts in Dubai

Cultural advice on behaving respectfully this Ramadan

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Show respect to those around you during Ramadan by following these guidelines

Do

Do… dress appropriately. Dubai already has guidelines in place for dress, especially in public areas such as malls and parks. Be especially considerate of these during Ramadan. Men and women should wear clothes that cover their shoulders and knees.

Do… respect those around you. If you’re not fasting, be considerate and mindful of others who are.

Do… try to avoid the roads at sunset, as they will be busier, since people who are fasting are likely to be travelling at this time to attend iftar. Travel earlier or later if you can.

Do… accept invitations to iftar. Aside from being a wonderful way to experience the UAE’s culture, it’s polite to accept. Do take a small gift for your host, such as a box of dates.

Do… use Ramadan greetings such as Ramadan Kareem and Ramadan Mubarak.

Do… be charitable. A big part of Ramadan is kindness and helping others. There are lots of official charities in Dubai and causes around the city for you to get involved with.

Don’t

Don’t… eat, drink, smoke or chew gum in public during daylight hours. This includes on the street, in your car, at the office (check your own office rules) and any other public spots. Breaking this rule is legally punishable.

Don’t… play loud music in public. If you’re in your car, keep the volume of the radio down. Ramadan is a contemplative time, and you should be mindful of disturbing others.

Don’t… use offensive language or gestures. This isn’t something you should make a habit of anyway, but it’s particularly important to refrain from this during Ramadan.

Don’t… smoke in public areas. If your workplace has an outside, public smoking area, be aware that you will need to change your routine.

*Additional reporting by Time Out.

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