O Ramadão começou e será durante 1 mês, praticando o jejum. É um período de fé, fraternidade, reflexão. Nos tempos que correm cada vez mais assistimos a mudanças que, infelizmente, acontecem nas vidas das pessoas. Mudanças essas que podem implicar não ter comida ou bebida. Como tal, neste período de reflexão devemos pensar e ajudar essas pessoas. No Dubai as pessoas podem ajudar de várias maneiras, nomeadamente contribuindo com dinheiro e várias campanhas são iniciadas nesta altura do ano.
«Ramadan is fast approaching, just a reminder of a few tips to make the month easier.
DO's and DON'Ts:
• No eating, drinking or smoking in public – this is a strict rule and is enforced throughout the country, and people seen eating, drinking or smoking could receive a large fine and even be deported.
• Dress more modestly taking care to cover the shoulders, knees and chest area – ensure that your attire is loose fitting and that it covers more of you. Modesty is key for men and women during this time.
• Don’t play loud music in your home or car – Ramadan is a time of reflection and playing loud music is seen as a sign of disrespect. Nightclubs and live music venues are closed during this time and only very soft background music is played in restaurants.
• No public displays of affection. Things That Are Different:
• Businesses change their opening hours – business hours are shorter allowing for those that fast to take rest and reflect during the day time.
• Some shops may close in the afternoon (1pm onwards) but most also stay open to later times – in fact most shopping malls extend their nighttime hours to midnight and beyond.
• There is no loud music allowed during Ramadan and of course no alcohol served during daylight hours - bars and restaurants do open in the evening though with light background music. Every hotel has a special Iftar dinner special and some hotels host a Suhoor late into the night. Both are a wonderful experience.
• Rush hour time changes from 6pm till 2pm as most offices close at that time.
Tips for non-fasters:
• There are restaurants and cafes that have a special licence open during the day for non- fasters and these will be screened off from public view so it is still possible to eat outside your home. Most hotels have an outlet open during the day too.
• If you are pregnant you are exempt from fasting but it is polite to still be discreet. Same with children - they do not have to fast too but it is always best to be discreet.
• Your car is classed as a public place so definitely no smoking, eating or drinking in there.
• You can also use restrooms in malls etc. to take a drink.
• Try and be patient with people who are fasting - it is tough and it is hot here. Ramadan is a time of peace and you should not shout or show anger.
• The roads do tend to become a little faster than normal just before Iftar time as people are rushing home to break their fast - take care or avoid driving at this time.
• If you find yourself in a taxi during Iftar be patient while the driver stops and takes a drink and breaks his fast. It is easy to forget that the driver has been in his hot taxi all day without food and drink.»