Eid al Fitr marks the end of the month of Ramadan, the month in which Muslims fast every day from sunrise to sunset. Eid al Fitr is a time for special prayers, a time to congratulate each other, exchange gifts and donate Zakat al Fitr (charity donation). After prayers the day is typically spent visiting friends and family and enjoying time together. Just like many other religious festivities throughout the world homes are cleaned, much cooking is undertaken and new outfits are bought for this special celebration. Read more
The traditional black and white colour that the UAE Nationals wear is not a look of religion, but is about modesty and cultural influences. When an Emirati woman leaves her home, she covers herself with a long black cloak called an “abaya” which is paired with a headscarf called a “sheyla.” A woman should only be seen uncovered by men ineligible to marry her, and therefore does not need to cover in front of her father, father in law, grandfather, brothers, nephews, sons, grandsons and uncles. Read more
Ramadan is the month where Allah revealed the Holy Quran to Prophet Mohammed (PBUH) so that he could convey the message to mankind. It falls on the ninth month in the Islamic calendar and it is the Holy month when Muslims fast from dawn until sunset. Ramadan begins by the sighting of the new moon which is announced by the Ramadan Crescent sighting committee. Read more
If you have recently moved to Dubai this maybe your first Ramadan in the Emirate and you may have lots of questions about this special time of year. A great place to get many of your questions answered is the Sheikh Mohammed Centre for Cultural Understanding (SMCCU) in the Bastakiya area of Dubai.
From 1st July until 26th July (approx) SMCCU will be hosting Iftar. Held in the courtyard of their beautiful wind-tower house in the heart of the historical Bastakiya, Old Bur Dubai, your evening will commence after the Read more
There’s no doubt that for non-Muslim expats life in Dubai changes during Ramadan, but it’s equally true that this annual observance provides a unique opportunity to immerse oneself in the traditional culture and cuisine of our fair Emirate. Tolerant though it is, Ramadan serves as healthy reminder that Dubai remains a predominantly Muslim city. As such, it is vital to understand the rules of public conduct during the Holy Month. Here are some essential do’s and don’ts to steer you in the right direction. But remember, Muslim or not, all can appreciate the overarching themes this month, that of of tolerance, compassion, gratitude and above all charity. Read more