Published on 2024-03-27

Fasting, Suhoor, Iftar... does Ramadan mean these things? Check out our Ramadan guide to find out what it's all about! 


Based on the moon's cycle, the Islamic lunar calendar marks Ramadan as the 9th month.  In this month, Muslims fast from dawn to sunset every day. Fasting is one of the fundamental principles of Islam. To fast means that Muslims do not eat, drink (including water) or even smoke from dawn to sunset. They are also required to avoid impure thoughts and bad habits during this holy month, allowing them instead to focus on prayer and connecting with Allah and practice spiritual discipline through increased charity, worship, and generosity. By doing so, they can express gratitude. 


There is nothing better than exploring Dubai's rich culture during Ramadan, from the unusually quiet life during the day as people fast to the non-crowded malls to the discounts you can't find anywhere else with lots of activities to enjoy. 


It is important to be a bit more respectful than on other days. This includes refraining from eating, drinking, or smoking in public during the hours to respect those who are fasting, though you may eat and drink as usual in your hotel. Simply remember to dress a little more conservatively during the holy month. You do not need to wear a scarf, but it’s best to cover up from shoulder to knee. Ramadan is fundamentally a time of reflection, so it is best not to use abusive language or gestures in public areas during this holy month.


A ‘suhoor meal is traditionally taken in the early morning before sunrise and the start of fasting. Iftar is a meal taken at sunset to mark the end of the daily fast. Water and dates are often consumed to break the fast. Family and friends often get together to break their fast as a community at iftars, which are lavish buffets with many delicious dishes. Even if you haven’t been fasting, visitors are welcome to join in the lavish iftar buffets and celebration that is going on in the evening as many events are set up. 


To top it off this Ramadan, Tour Dubai offers you a chance to experience the culture at its best. We host traditional Royal Desert Iftars in our luxury desert camp in the desert throughout Ramadan. This authentic experience features all the popular traditional dishes. Join us for five star buffet-style feasts and taste some flavorsome dishes like Arabic hot Mezzeh and lamb tajine.


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