Ramadan Rules: The do’s and don’ts during Ramadan 2020
- Ramadan is expected to begin on Friday, April 24, 2020 and end on May 25, 2020
- There are a few simple things to keep in mind during Ramadan, including eating and drinking in public
- Many expats might not be aware of the rules in place this Ramadan in the UAE
- A new crescent moon will mark the start of Ramadan
Ramadan is almost here, which means big things for the UAE.
For starters, workers across the Emirates can look forward to reduced working hours. And we reckon it will be another record-breaking year for Vimto sales across the UAE (read why Vimto is such a big deal during Ramadan here).
In preparation, we've put together a quick guide to everything you should and shouldn't do during Ramadan. Check out the list below:
DO wish your Muslim friends and colleagues a happy Ramadan. You may even wish them in Arabic by saying “Ramadan Kareem.”
DON’T eat, drink, or smoke in public. There will be designated areas in public spaces, but if it isn’t clear, it’s best to avoid them until you get home.
DO dress appropriately. There are already guidelines on how to dress in public, but you should be especially aware of your fashion choices during Ramadan. Ideally, make sure your clothes cover your shoulders and knees.
DON’T chew gum. This one is pretty easy to forget, so it may be in your best interests to ditch the chewing gum for the next month.
Usually we DO accept invitations to Iftar. Remember, it’s a big deal as it’s considered an honour to be invited and, it’s a great way to experience the culture. But this year given the new Dubai guidelines around Coronavirus, we recommend you stay at home and stay safe.
DON’T hesitate to bring gifts, such as dates, for your friends - especially if you’re invited to Iftar.
DO be patient. Work might be a little less productive and things may not run as smoothly as they usually do during Ramadan. Your colleagues who are fasting may be a little more tired than usual, so be patient with them.
DON’T tell your Muslim friends you’re thinking about fasting to lose weight. Fasting symbolises so much more than that and this can be quite offensive to those who observe Ramadan. The truth is, most people end up gaining weight during Ramadan due to the irregular eating patterns and heavy meals. You’re more than welcome to fast if you’re a non-Muslim, but make sure it’s for the right reasons.
DO try fasting for a day. This will help you better understand what your Muslim friends and colleagues are experiencing for the entire month.
DON’T listen to loud music. Keep your headphone volume down this month, as loud music may be considered offensive to those who are observing Ramadan.
DO embrace the night. The city comes to life again after Iftar, so you better adjust your bodyclock in order to enjoy the things from home you normally enjoy in Dubai.
DON’T post pictures of your food online. Be mindful of your fasting followers and save the #cookingsnaps for after Iftar time.
DO avoid the roads. They can be chaotic in the hours before, during, and after Iftar. If you aren’t able to avoid them, proceed with caution.
DON’T worry if it sounds like a lot is going to change. Ramadan is a peaceful, quiet time of the year that should be enjoyed - and it only lasts a month.