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Video: Ramadan dos and don'ts 2019

The Holy month of Ramadan is here and there are certain things you need to know and follow if you are a resident of the UAE.

Most of you already know the “rules” but for those who are new to Dubai, this should help.

So Ramadan is the ninth month in the Islamic (Hijri) calendar and is considered the holiest month for Muslims all over the world. As you know, Muslims fast throughout the month between fajr and maghrib prayers … with no food or water at all during daylight hours … and have a grand iftar meal after sunset.

Even if you aren’t fasting, it is paramount to follow certain basic rules during the fasting hours.

You don’t have to fast, but make sure you don’t eat, drink or smoke in public.

Avoid public display of affection completely. It is considered offensive especially during the holy month.

Dress modestly and show your respect for the country’s culture. This means, nothing too short, nothing too low, nothing too deep.

Don’t play music anywhere in public. A) Because it is annoying. B) A lot of Muslims refrain from listening to songs etc during Ramadan.

Now official working hours in the public sector during Ramadan is from 9am to 2pm. In the private sector working hours will be reduced by 2 hours.

Now for the non-Muslims there are some restaurants and cafes that are going to be open but will be screened off.

Be very careful while driving, especially between 5 and 7. People that are fasting can be dehydrated and in a rush to go back home to break their fast. So just be patient on the road.

Ramadan is also a time for spreading love and doing charity. So don’t hold back even if you’re not a Muslim.

Try never to refuse an iftar invitation. It’s considered polite and you will certainly not regret it.

(Source: Arabianbusiness.com YouTube channel)