Once a year, Muslim countries around the world celebrate Ramadan – most commonly known as the month in the Islamic calendar where Muslims fast during daylight hours between sunrise and sunset. The dates of Ramadan change yearly with the sighting of the crescent moon and this year Ramadan falls between 5 May and 4 June.
There are many beliefs that surround the festivities of Ramadan and the difficulty of travelling to regions like Dubai during this time, so we’re here to dispel some of these common myths and give you four reasons why you should in fact visit Dubai during Ramadan. Because hey, that’s what we’re here for!
Many hotels throughout Dubai, and other cities in the region, lower their rates around the time of Ramadan due to reduced demand from the local/regional population observing Ramadan. Seize the opportunity and book some of the world’s best hotels at a discounted rate.
2. No, you don’t need to fast
Fasting is not required for non-Muslims and many restaurants around Dubai move forward with business as usual – staying open and serving delicious Arabic meals for those who are not fasting. Not to worry, you won’t go hungry! But why not give it a try for a day?
3. You can truly immerse yourself in the culture
Travelling to Dubai during Ramadan can be an exciting and cultural experience. Hotels throughout the country set up Ramadan Tents where those fasting break the daily fast with an evening meal known as the Iftar dinner. Locals, staff members and travellers alike are invited to join in the tradition. These air-conditioned tents are open from sunset until as late as 2am and allow guests to experience true local culture as well as delicious food specialties – everyone is welcome.
Be sure to check out some of Dubai’s best Ramadan tents.
4. You’ll experience a different pace of Dubai
During Ramadan, the city slows down and takes on a much calmer pace than you’d experience year-round. Streets and malls are adorned with lights and decorations and everyone is in the Ramadan spirit. Plus, malls extend their operating hours to accommodate for the nightlife of Ramadan.
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