Ramadan 2019 is underway; based on moon sighting, it started on Monday May 6 and will go on until Tuesday June 4. Muslims fast from sunrise to sunset (between fajr and maghrib prayers)for approximately 30 days. No food and drinks (even water) are consumed.
What Should You Expect?
During this time, many businesses, including shopping malls and grocery stores, will announce different opening and closing times.
Throughout Ramadan, there are a range of iftar buffets for diners to break daily fast and enjoy socializing with family and friends. Here are the best iftars in Abu Dhabi.
According to Khaleej Times, “The Abu Dhabi Co-operative Society (ADCOOPS) has allocated Dh70 million for 25,000 food and nonfood products during the Holy Month of Ramadan.” What this means is that “customers in Abu Dhabi will be able to enjoy up to 65 per cent discount across 58 outlets” on more than 1,500 products.
Another benefit is the parking fees that are being waived during iftar throughout Ramadan in Abu Dhabi, the Department of Transport announced.Motorists can park for free between 2pm and 9pm every day. On Fridays, parking is free all day. As per The National, “The split paid periods are 9am to 2pm and 9pm to 2.30am from Saturday to Wednesday. On Thursdays, motorists will need to pay for parking from 9am to 2pm, then again from 9pm to midnight.”
Those observing Ramadan will want to make note of the prayers for the holy month. Here are the Ramadan prayer times for the UAE capital, as released by the General Authority of Islamic Affairs and Endowments.
Be aware of the other upcoming annual Islamic celebrations:
- Eid al-Fitr – ‘Festival of Breaking the Fast’ – will take place on or around Wednesday June 5 2019 to Thursday June 6 2019. This is celebrated at the end of Ramadan.
- Eid al-Adha – “Festival of the Sacrifice” – will take place on or around Monday August 12 2019 to Wednesday August 14 2019. This is celebrated just over two months later, at the same time when many Muslims perform the Hajj pilgrimage.
It’s important for people living in or visiting the city to make note of the two Eid holidays that are observed by Muslims.
To make the best of the Holy Month, check the following:
- Ramadan and Eid Festival 2019 – VisitAbuDhabi website.
- Ramadan Activities in Abu Dhabi – the official portal of Abu Dhabi Government
- Ramadan in Abu Dhabi – Abu Dhabi Government website.
As a resident or as a visitor, there are certain etiquette tips to follow, as shared by Gulf News, to ensure there is no disrespect to those who fast or engage in dedicated prayers during the month. Some rules include no drinking or eating in public regardless of own religion beliefs, no wearing of revealing clothes, no public shows of affection.
Why not celebrate the holy month of Ramadan with your loved ones at the one and only Bazaar Ramadan Al Ain!