First time visitors of Dubai may not know when or what Ramadan is. We are assuming you’re on this page because you’re wondering whether you can go to Dubai during Ramadan. So we’ve put together this quick guide to visiting Dubai during Ramadan, plus everything else you need to know about Ramadan to enjoy your vacation to Dubai whilst also being respectful to the culture.
First of all, Yes you can go to Dubai during Ramadan but there are some things you should learn first before booking a trip.
What is Ramadan?
Ramadan is a celebration of when the prophet Mohammed revealed the Muslim holy book, The Qur’an. During this celebration Muslims do not eat or drink during sunlight hours. This is done to remember the poor and struggling people of the world, past and present. Muslims use Ramadan as a way to engrain self-discipline.
When is Ramadan?
This is an important one to know when booking a trip to Dubai in advance. The dates of Ramadan change each year and are based around the Islamic calendar. For the year 2021, Ramadan is from the evening of Monday 12th April to Tuesday 11th May.
What Is Dubai Like During Ramadan?
Although the population of Dubai doesn’t decrease during Ramadan (see numbers travel away), you would think many have left the city.
Ramadan in Dubai see’s shorter business days, restaurants and nightlife are quieter and the emphasis is very much on time spent with the family. Most, if not all of the main attractions are still open in Dubai during Ramadan however there may be different opening times. Restaurants and nightclubs will not open until the evenings in most cases.
Public transport operates as normal but you may notice a lull in taxi’s around sunset for a couple of hours. This is so the drivers can go and break their fast to refuel for the night.
It is important to be respectful during this time in Dubai and not eat or drink in public or in view of any Muslims during sunlight hours. Hotels and many restaurants still operate as normal however.
Some hotels such as The Atlantis Palm Jumeirah participate in iftar every evening. Iftar is the breaking of the fast and see’s many places put on some amazing all-you-can-eat spreads. Many Muslim families feast, smoke shisha and play games at each iftar.
How to Dress in Dubai During Ramadan
Dubai is becoming very liberal as years pass by. The city is becoming a bigger tourist destination each year and many different cultures and nationalities now live here. However, during the holy month of Ramadan you must make sure to dress more conservatively.
Men should wear a minimum of a t-shirt and shorts long enough to cover their knees. Women need to cover their shoulders and the same goes for the knees. When at your resorts this rule does not apply but please be respectful when out in public.
Can you Drink or Buy Alcohol in Dubai During Ramadan?
Yes you can drink and buy alcohol during Ramadan. The same rules will apply for drinking on the street (as it does year-round in Dubai anyway) but purchasing alcohol is fine.
The sale of alcohol both within supermarkets and at hotels or nightclubs brings huge revenue into Dubai and so the states rulers have loosened the rules on this recently.
Can you Eat and Drink at Dubai Airport During Ramadan?
The rules of Ramadan in Dubai do not apply to the airport. If you have arrived from a long flight then do not delay in refreshing yourselves with food and drink.
Reasons to Visit Dubai During Ramadan
So if you’re reading this you may be wondering why you should visit Dubai during Ramadan. Below are some of the main reasons travelling to Dubai during Ramadan can be a good thing:
- The Beaches are Quieter
- Main attractions such as Burj Khalifa or Waterparks are quieter
- Many hotels and restaurants partake in ifter each night
- Warmer months in Dubai see hotel rates slashed
- A great way to learn about the Muslim culture
- Eid-Al-Fitr breaks the fast on 12th May 2021 and is a city wide celebration.
- View the Cannon Firing Tradition During Ramadan
So, can you go to Dubai during Ramadan? Absolutely yes. Hotel rates can be cheaper and beaches and attractions are quieter. As long as you respect the culture with the tips above you can have a great time in Dubai during Ramadan.
For more information on travelling to Dubai during Ramadan and what to expect you can go to visitDubai.com.