Ramadan rules will be ‘enforced with courtesy’

Lt Gen Dahi Khalfan Tamim says tourists, expats quick to obey holy month rules
Ramadan rules will be ‘enforced with courtesy’
Most expats are respectful of the cultural laws that apply in Ramadan, Lt Gen Dahi Khalfan Tamim says
By Ed Attwood
Sun 31 Jul 2011 08:12 AM

The head of the Dubai Police has said that courtesy and discretion will be the watchword as his department gears up to enforce Ramadan regulations across the emirate.

“We train our officers how to deal with different nationalities and to respect non-Muslims who may inadvertently offend Muslims during Ramadan by eating, drinking or smoking in public places during the day,” Lieutenant General Dahi Khalfan Tamim told Arabian Business.

“We show them that these things happen, and they are to deal with it in a courteous way so that they would refrain from doing it again.”

The Association of British Travel Agents, the UK’s largest travel trade body, has told its members to warn tourists visiting during the holy month that they will face curbs on eating and drinking during daylight hours.

But Lt Gen Tamim said that most tourists and expatriates are quick to obey the rules when notified by the police.

“Usually most expatriates would respect our Ramadan habits and would comply upon alerting them for the need to avoid eating and they accept that with a polite response most of the time,” he added. “Any policeman who behaves in an offending way to people would be taken to court.”

Authorities in Dubai earlier this month warned of strict penalties for those caught breaking cultural laws in Ramadan.

 Offenders can expect one warning before they risk arrest and a fine of up to AED2,000, said Colonel Jamal Al Jallaf, deputy director of the Criminal Investigation Department.

Hotel chains Jumeirah Group and Hilton Hotels & Resorts said last week they had issued etiquette guidelines to guests visiting their Dubai hotels during Ramadan.

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