Ramadan In Dubai
In Dubai, during the month of Ramadan, the city slows down a little from its usual frenetic pace. It is a fascinating time to visit. By learning a little about the occasion and respecting its customs, you can enjoy rich encounters and a truly uplifting cultural experience.
Ramadan is the ninth month in the Islamic Calendar and it is a Holy month. The purpose of Ramadan is to rid oneself of bad habits accumulated during the year and to draw closer to your creator. It is characterised by fasting and prayers. This year, it takes place from 27 May until 25 June.
During Ramadan, observers fast from sunrise to sunset. Most restaurants are still open during this time, behind screens. However, as a sign of respect, one should refrain from smoking, eating or drinking in public. As a visitor, you should also be aware that many businesses might be closed for longer hours due to prayers and family time.
The typical day during Ramadan begins before dawn with an early meal called Suhoor. During the week many observers eat this meal at home, but on the weekends’ people gather together. As a visitor, you can enjoy Suhoor in many restaurants in the city. We invite you to experience Suhoor at the Asateer Tent from 9:45pm to 2:30am. Asateer Suhoor Special Offer is valid for AED 160 per person minimum spend (excluding shisha).
This is followed by the Call to Prayer and the day of fasting begins. In the evening when the sun sets the fast is broken traditionally with a sip of water and dates.
Many hotels and restaurants put on elaborate feasts for the evening meal, named Iftar. Traditional delicacies are served and you can expect a sumptuous feast. Typical dishes include lentil soup, hot and cold mezze, lamb ouzi and chicken shawarma. Glittering lights, oriental entertainment and a wide array of buffet dishes and traditional delicacies awaits you at our iconic Asateer Tent. Iftar Buffet at Asateer is available at AED 210 per person including water and Ramadan juices.
There are many festivities going on late into the night. The malls are open, the parks have extended hours, and there are many markets to visit. Dubai has something to offer every visitor. Visiting during Ramadan brings a rich cultural aspect to your stay.