Do’s and Don'ts during Ramadan for Non-Muslims in the UAE
- June 1, 2017
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Once again it’s Ramadan time in the UAE, the time wherein people are fasting, observing Islamic roots and avoiding wrong act. UAE is a home for thousands of expats, visitors, and non-Muslims that’s why it is significant for us to know what are the do’s and don’ts during this holy month.
Non-Muslims should always be respectful of the tradition of a Muslim country and abide all UAE rules and regulations. As much as we can, we should be considerate to those people who are fasting and observe this holy month just like the believers do. As a sign of respect, we should enlighten ourselves about the things to do and not to do during Ramadan.
Here are some of the Do’s and Don’ts during this Holy Month of Ramadan:
Avoid eating, drinking & smoking in Public
Ramadan is the time where most people are fasting, a time in which they cleanse their body by not indulging in food and drinks. It is a no-no to eat, drink and smoke in public places during fasting time regardless of religion.
Observe workplace protocols
Regardless of religion, offices and workplaces in the UAE are having shorter hours. Business travelers or first timers should be aware that it is best to schedule early business meetings and avoid not to interfere lunch whenever there is a fasting co-worker. However, non-Muslims are still allowed to eat behind closed doors and avoid doing so in front of those fasting. Try to look for a remote area in the office whenever there is a need to eat.
Refrain from wearing revealing clothes
Clothes that is sheer, too short, low-cut or tight fitting should be avoided. It is a no-no to wear shorts, mini-skirt and sleeveless tops especially when visiting malls, hotels and restaurants during iftar. This goes to all expats, tourists, and non-Muslims to follow this rule as a sign of respect for people that are in observance of Ramadan.
No Public display of affection
We understand that the love between you and your partner is on fire. However, during this holy month, public display of affection is generally inconsiderable and indecent.
Schedule dinner reservation wisely
Iftar time would be very busy for most restaurants in the region. It is advisable to schedule dinner reservation and entertainment plans wisely as it would be very hectic during sunset. Avoid unwanted travel within an hour of sunset as you may encounter heavy traffic and accident rates are high.
Helping is good
Even if it is an ordinary day in the region or Ramadan, a little help to someone can make a big difference. By being charitable and friendly you can send positive vibes to all people that surround you. Let’s say you meet a challenged person, why not invite him for a dinner or give him something he can use or can help him in his daily life.
Ramadan is for shoppers too
Who says that Ramadan is boring? Don’t you know that there are still night markets, bazaars and shopping sale during this month? In fact, this is the best time for shopping, so hurry up grab your family and friends. Shop! It is fun!
There is no doubt that for non-Muslim expats life in the UAE changes during Ramadan, but it is also true that this is just an annual observance of unique tradition and culture. It is best that we should educate ourselves to the things that we can do and cannot to do during this Holy month of Ramadan. It is always a good practice to respect one another differences regardless of religion and culture.