A Special Time in Dubai: Ramadan & Eid

Ramadan is the Islamic holy month when all capable Muslims are expected to refrain from eating, drinking, and smoking from sunrise to sunset. It usually coincides with the ninth month of the Islamic calendar (August) when Muslims believe God revealed the Qur’an to Mohammed. Ramadan lasts between 29 and 30 days, depending on the position of the moon. This year it starts early on July 9th and ends on August 8th.

Qur'an | Photo Credit: SXC

Qur’an | Photo Credit: SXC

Ramadan is more than fasting; it’s about family, community, counting your blessing, being generous to that less fortunate, inner reflection and more over it’s a time of happiness.

One of the most popular cities in the Islamic world to visit these days is Dubai in the United Arab Emirates. During Ramadan Dubai puts on lavish feasts and celebration for tourists, to help them enjoy, understand and appreciate the Islamic world’s most important holiday.

Sheikh Zayed Road | Photo Credit: Fairmont Dubai

Sheikh Zayed Road | Photo Credit: Fairmont Dubai

Belly Dancer | Photo Credit: Arabian Adventures

Belly Dancer | Photo Credit: Arabian Adventures

Eid-The End of Ramadan Celebration

Eid (the full name is “Eid al-Fitr”) is the day that marks the end of Ramadan. It is the day of “breaking the fast” and is an important religious holiday celebrated by Muslims throughout the world. Ramadan is the Islamic holy month when all capable Muslims are expected to refrain from eating, drinking, and smoking from sunrise to sunset. It is more than fasting; it’s about family, community, counting your blessing, being generous to that less fortunate, inner reflection and more over it’s a time of happiness.

Ramadan Lantern | Photo Credit: SXC

Ramadan Lantern | Photo Credit: SXC

One of the most popular cities in the Islamic world to visit these days is Dubai in the United Arab Emirates. During Ramadan Dubai puts on lavish feasts and celebration for tourists, to help them enjoy, understand and appreciate the Islamic world’s most important holiday.

View of Burj Al Arab | Photo Credit: Burj Al Arab

View of Burj Al Arab | Photo Credit: Burj Al Arab

On Eid in Dubai the sleeping city bursts back into life, party style. Eid is a great citywide celebration, bringing together the different cultural backgrounds of Dubai’s residents and visitors. Dubai is home to Muslims from across the Islamic world and you can see them celebrate in their distinct customs like nowhere else in the world.

Dubai |  Photo Credit: Dubai Convention and Events Bureau

Dubai | Photo Credit: Dubai Convention and Events Bureau

Special Events at Dubai’s Hotels

Hotels in Dubai put on special events on the day of Eid. The Bab Al Shams hotel for example, arguably one of the Emirates most charming retreats with its fort like architecture and oasis like garden, encourages guests to part take in an Arabian feast, dining under the desert stars with traditional entertainment including Tanoura dancers, an Arabic band and a horse and camel show. The desert festivities are topped of with a dazzling finale of fireworks.

Bab Al Shams Room | Photo Credit: Bab Al Shams Desert Resort & Spa

Bab Al Shams Room | Photo Credit: Bab Al Shams Desert Resort & Spa

Back in the heart of super modern Dubai, the sleek, towering, The Address Downtown Dubai, offers sumptuous buffets including Arabic mezze, salads and grilled meats perfectly complemented by regional coffees and plump date puddings. Entertainment includes oud and tabla players.

Photo Credit: The Address Downtown Dubai

Photo Credit: The Address Downtown Dubai

The Jumeirah Beach Hotel is offering a special package to visitors during Ramadan Package including a discounted deluxe room with an ocean view, a breakfast or Iftar (evening meal) and complimentary access to the Wild Wadi Waterpark and Sinbad’s Kids Club at the hotel. On EID the hotel is offering special brunches in several of its restaurants.

Exterior | Photo Credit: Jumeirah Beach Hotel

Exterior | Photo Credit: Jumeirah Beach Hotel

Wild Wadi Waterpark | Photo Credit: Jumeirah Beach Hotel

Wild Wadi Waterpark | Photo Credit: Jumeirah Beach Hotel

EID is a time of celebration for the Islamic community and a great time to be in Dubai.

Fireworks over Dubai | Photo Credit: Dubai

Fireworks over Dubai | Photo Credit: Dubai

4 Responses to A Special Time in Dubai: Ramadan & Eid

  1. jacob says:

    awesome pics.. i enjoyed the water park wild wadi during my last trip.. and yes ramdan is the holy season for them, even they restrict alcohol during that period. nice post..nice images..

  2. Aqeel says:

    I live in this amazing city and see all these things around everyday. its been pleasure living here.

    People can also experience Dubai from sea in a
    luxury yacht charter

    • Carl Duane says:

      I agree people should experience the luxurious sea boats charter for yacht. Pretty costly but it will surely give them an extravagance trip.

  3. mohammed rezk says:

    the article is nice and your pictures are stunning
    Ramadan in Dubai truly amazing.
    thank you

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