Ramadan is the ninth month according to Islamic lunar calendar. It is observed as the holy fasting month for Muslims around the world. During this month, the Muslims must refrain from eating, drinking, as well as doing, thinking, and uttering bad things from the dawn until the sunsets.
In the United Arab Emirates, the beginning of Ramadan is determined as a public holiday, and the end of Ramadan is celebrated as one of two biggest holidays with 3 days off for both state and private companies.
When Is Ramadan 2013?
Ramadan 2012 is predicted to start on Tuesday, 9 July 2013, and end on Thursday, 8 August 2013. However, the exact date of Ramadan is yet to be predicted by the authority based on moon sighting. The first day of Ramadan is considered as holiday while the end of Ramadan (Eid al-Fitr) is celebrated for 3 days in the UAE.
Ramadan 2013 in the UAE & Dubai
Ramadan is considered sacred for Muslims all over the world including the UAE and Dubai because during this month, the holy Qur’an (the holy book for Muslims) was revealed for the first time to Prophet Muhammad. In this month, Muslims are obliged to refrain from eating and drinking, keep thoughts and acts away from bad deeds, give charity to the poor, and curb emotions. It is meant to exercise the Muslims’ patience and keep them away from vanity.
In the UAE & Dubai, most businesses and organizations reduce working hours for the employees to lighten the burden of those who are fasting. Schools also reduce the hours of study to show concern to Muslim teachers and students. Non-Muslims usually respect the Muslims by not eating, drinking, or smoking in public from dawn until sunsets during Ramadan. Most restaurants and cafes in the UAE & Dubai are also closed during in Ramadan but open longer at night. It is difficult to find eating outlets during daylight in Ramadan in the UAE, yet some fast foods restaurants provide take-outs for the consumers.