A Guide to Ramadan in Dubai

A guide to Ramadan in Dubai

What is Ramadan?

Ramadan is the ninth month of the Islamic calendar and is traditionally marked by the sighting of the crescent moon, This year, the Holy Month it is expected to fall between 23 March and 21 April. Ramadan is a time for reflection and devotion. Throughout the month, adults fast from dawn until dusk, abstaining from eating, drinking and smoking.

If I am not Muslim, do I need to fast?

Although Ramadan is a special month for everyone in Dubai, fasting is not required for non-Muslims. However, everyone is asked to be respectful of those around them and refrain from eating, drinking and smoking in public areas during daylight hours. Many restaurants will still operate during this time, however, outdoor terraces will remain closed until sunset.

What is Iftar and Suhoor?

Iftar is the meal that breaks the fast after sunset. People typically enjoy dates or other dried fruits and juices before evening prayer. After that, large meals are usually shared with friends and family, and you’ll even see many non-Muslims taking part in special Iftar feasts offered by various restaurants. Suhoor is the meal eaten just before sunrise, before the day of fasting begins.

Iftar in the desert

Etiquette and other considerations during Ramadan

Aside from avoiding eating and drinking in public, during Ramadan, it is recommended that both men and women dress conservatively, ensuring shoulders and knees are covered.

Ramadan is a beautiful time to be in Dubai, with lights and decorations adorning the streets. It’s worth noting however, that during the Holy Month many malls and shops will adjust their opening hours to accommodate late-night activities.

How does Arabian Adventures take part in Ramadan?

Join us for an Evening Safari in Dubai for an Iftar experience like no other. During Ramadan, we adjust our schedule to ensure that the sunset stops on our evening safaris correspond with the sunset, so you’ll be able to enjoy Iftar in the heart of the pristine desert dunes. At the sunset stop, there will be a traditional Iftar available to break your fast, including dates, labneh, and hibiscus juice.

As you continue to the main camp, our normal delicious Arabic barbeque menu will be available along with updated entertainment options.

Is the desert safari open during Ramadan?

Yes! Our desert safaris continue to operate throughout the Holy Month, with some slight adjustments to our schedules to respect traditional Ramadan practices.

Enjoy breaking your fast in Dubai Desert Conservation Reserve


All of our desert safaris have the Safe Travels hygiene and safety protocols in place for your peace of mind. Book at arabian-adventures.com, call us on 800-ARABIAN (2722426) or email aaonline@arabian-adventures.com.

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