Ramadan Kareem – Do’s and Don’ts during Ramadan in the UAE!

Ramadan Kareem – Do’s and Don’ts during Ramadan in the UAE!

The holy month of Ramadan has started and if you are in Dubai on a visit it will be worth an experience. Life of Non-Muslim expats and travelers changes drastically in the UAE. Ramadan is the ninth month of Islamic lunar year and UAE is being an Islamic country strictly follows the fasting practice. During Ramadan, travelers will get a unique opportunity to experience the traditional Emirati culture and cuisines. If you are a tourist and you are not fasting there are a few Do’s and Don’ts you will have to follow not only in Dubai but also throughout the UAE during this holy season. Those who follow Islam fast from sunrise to sunset and those who are non-Muslims are also expected to respect the religious sentiments and be aware of the Do’s and Don’ts.


  • Know how to greet:

It is a custom to greet by saying “Ramadan Kareem” or “Ramadan Mubarak” during this holy month. It means you are extending greetings of prosperity and well-being to the recipient.

  • Do dress conservatively:

During Ramadan time be wise and dress appropriately, though you are in Dubai on a visit. Both men and women non-Muslims are expected to cover their shoulders and knees when they are in public places such as malls, parks, etc.

  • Do some charity:

The holy month in Dubai follows the spirit of giving. Even if you are on a visit and not fasting, you can always do some charity for the less fortunate through the charitable trusts or stock up on food and water to place in fridges placed across the city. It is a great gesture to help the lesser fortunate acquaintances home to break their fasts.

  • Do Smoke in private:

Be mindful and smoke in private areas and not in public as a gesture of respect for those who are fasting.

  • Book your dinner venue in advance:

Because of Iftar the restaurants might be crowded so better, book your dinner venue in advance.

  • Do follow workplace etiquettes:

If you are traveling in the UAE during Ramadan, you are expected to respect the shorter office hours and work around them. While fixing up meetings business travelers should schedule it during the morning hours especially with the Muslim partners as they will be less tired and can concentrate. Make sure you do not extend your meetings post lunch which can cause inconvenience for fasting participants.

  • Do enjoy Ramadan Night Markets:

Pop-up souks are a usual sight during Ramadan in the UAE. Ramadan Night markets are famous for food, traditional souvenirs, shopping opportunities and more. They are great fun for family and friends.


  • Don’t eat, drink or chew in Public:

Respect the religious sentiments and those who are religiously fasting during the holy month of Ramadan. It will be wise not to eat or drink in front of them. You will notice the restaurant and food outlets who serve a meal during lunch hours are been blinded or in closed doors.

  • Don’t be affectionate in Public:

Do not demonstrate affection to your partner in public. Well, it is strictly against the law in normal days, however, doing so during Ramadan will be considered as a religious offense.

  • Don’t play loud music:

This holy month is for spiritual reflection. You will be expected to respect that and do not disturb the peace by playing loud music.

Ramadan is considered as one of the most important events in the Muslim Calendar. By being careful about the do’s and don’ts during this period is a good gesture of showing respect to the Islamic culture.

So be mindful when you are in Dubai during Ramadan period and think about others who are fasting around you.

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Author: Auralyn, May 06, 2019


Linda Voltaire May 7, 2019

Always great with these type of advice so you can adjust to the local culture when traveling!

Dalene Ekirapa May 7, 2019

It’s always nice to be respectful of people’s religions. At a time of Ramadhan, this information would be so important for those travelling to areas holding the festival, especially when it comes to decency in dressing and character.

minimalistmiri May 7, 2019

These are wonderful tips to travels to the UAE. The Ramadan Night Markets sound like a lot of fun.

Joanna May 7, 2019

This is a very useful post for everyone who plans on going to the UAE during Ramadan. I had no idea that is not ok to eat in public during this time.

Robin May 7, 2019

I am used to the Ramadan culture in Singapore and Malaysia. The Non Muslim will even try not to drink in front of our Muslim brothers if we can help it.

Amy-Lynn Denham May 7, 2019

Such a thoughtful guide for people who may not know the customs during this very important month.

Faithnturtles May 7, 2019

Is is interesting. I love reading about other practices. No affection in public definitely stood out to me.

Sophia May 7, 2019

Great read! I visited Africa during Ramadan and learned so much about this time.

Lisa Rios May 7, 2019

I have never celebrated Ramadan but it is a beautiful festivity! I would like to participate one day.

Mickal May 7, 2019

Thank you for stating the do’s and dont’s when I ask friends they don’t say much about it besides it’s their religion.

Taryn May 8, 2019

I visited Morocco during Ramadan a few years ago, and I gained a lot of insight into it. It’s the ultimate sacrifice to do and have high respect for the discipline and commitment that it takes.

Chelsea Faulkner May 8, 2019

Thank you for all of the tips! It can be so hard to know how to celebrate holidays across cultures, and these tips are so helpul!

Owen G. May 8, 2019

Oh now I know the do’s and don’t s when it’s Ramadan. It sounds kinda similar to other religious traditions do’s and don’t.

Alexandra Cook May 8, 2019

Wow, such a detailed post that would be so helpful if I plan a Trip to the UAE during Ramadan in the future. Thank you for sharing!

Preet May 8, 2019

Your overviews of this place are so thorough and they give so much good infomation.

Geraline Batarra May 8, 2019

Thanks for sharing this. It is good to know about the things you should do especially the don’ts of other religious traditions.

Miljana May 9, 2019

Very interesting post and the dos and don’ts as well!

Trisha Mishra May 9, 2019

Always good t know the right etiquette of the location you are in. This was a very useful post. Thanks for sharing.

Nina Cochingco May 9, 2019

So nice to know about the etiquettes. Some people might forget about this, they shouldn’t, it’s important.

Jessa B May 10, 2019

Thanks for sharing the Do’s and Don’ts during Ramadan in the UAE As I’ve always wanted to participate! Hopefully next year!

Gervin Khan May 10, 2019

Nice article and this is such a great guide to all people who doesn’t know about the culture and traditions of other places. Thanks for sharing!

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