Everything You NEED To Know About Ramadan in Dubai

What is Ramadan?

Ramadan is the ninth month of the Islamic calendar, observed by Muslims worldwide as a period of fasting, prayer, reflection, and community. During this holy month, Muslims abstain from eating, drinking, and smoking from sunrise to sunset.

Who Participates in Fasting?

While fasting is obligatory for most Muslims, there are exceptions. Young children, pregnant women, the elderly, and individuals with health concerns are exempt from fasting. Non-Muslims are not required to fast but should be respectful and considerate during Ramadan.

Daytime Activities during Ramadan

During Ramadan, Dubai adopts a slower pace, with many businesses and establishments adjusting their hours of operation. While some restaurants remain open, others may have shortened hours or offer modified menus. Shopping malls may also extend their operating hours, staying open until late into the night.

Iftar Buffets: Where to Break the Fast

Jumeirah Emirates Towers

Indulge in an exquisite iftar experience with a range of culinary delights.

  • Price per person: Starting from Dhs 315, Children under 12 from Dhs 176
  • Timing: Sunset to 10pm

Sheraton Jumeirah Beach Resort:

Enjoy a luxurious Arabian iftar buffet with live cooking stations and entertainment against the backdrop of JBR’s stunning beachfront.

  • Price per person: Dhs 199
  • Timing: Sunset to 10pm

Atlantis, The Palm:

Delight in a lavish iftar buffet experience at the Asateer Tent, offering breathtaking views of the Arabian Gulf and Palm Island.

  • Price per person: Weekdays: Dhs 270, Weekends: Dhs 290
  • Timing: Sunset to 8:30pm

Suhoor Buffets: Late-Night Feasting

Bulgari Majlis:

Experience an opulent suhoor with a delectable array of dishes and Arabic-inspired ambiance.

  • Price per person: Dhs 300
  • Timing: 10pm to early morning

Mandarin Oriental Jumeira:

Enjoy a bespoke suhoor experience with an à la carte menu offering a variety of culinary delights.

  • Price per person: À la carte
  • Timing: 10pm to 2am

Dubai World Trade Centre:

Immerse yourself in the elegant arabesque ambiance while savoring high-quality Arabian cuisine during suhoor.

  • Price per person: Minimum spend of Dhs 140
  • Timing: 9pm to 3am

What’s after Ramadan?

After Ramadan, Eid Al Fitr begins, marking the end of fasting. This festive occasion is celebrated with family and friends, typically starting with prayers and followed by feasting and social gatherings.

The exact date of Eid Al Fitr is determined by UAE astronomers and is expected to occur on Wednesday, April 10, 2024.

Written By: Ashar Iqbal Published On: 21 March 2024

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