Ramadan is the holiest month observed by Muslim across the world. This is the month when every Muslim practices fast from dawn until sunset for the entire month. This is the practice that pays tribute to the time when the first revelation of the Koran was given by Prophet Muhammad. Foods and drinks that are served before dawn is called Suhoor and the feast served to end the fast is called iftar. This is the time when followers of Islam need to focus on holy teaching and zakat (charity). Visiting a Muslim country during Ramadan will give you the true picture of the holy month. If you’re planning to visit Dubai during this month, you’ll enjoy both the extravaganza of the holy month and vibrancy of different places. You’ll surely observe a change in the nightlife and the lifestyle of the people here. But at the same time, you’ll also enjoy special events, food during iftar, and how Ramadan rules.
Dubai is a lot quieter during the holy month than usual. Most of the restaurants and cafes remain closed for days. However, you can still enjoy your best time during the trip to Dubai. Let us now check top reasons on why one must visit Dubai during Ramadan:
Summer Rates are quite Low:
As the holy month falls during the summer season, and Dubai being considered as an off-season location, the rates of hotels come drastically down. Shopping malls, buses and other public areas are cooled by aircon. With Ramadan falling during this season, you can save enough money on your stay. From five stars to budget hotels, you can have options to stay and enjoy the best time during Ramadan Dubai. Moreover, these hotels also serve some of the best Ramadan special menus in lower price. So why not try these delicious items while staying at a reputed hotel under affordable rates.
Right Time to Learn about the Culture:
Ramadan is the time to observe the holy Islamic culture. The atmosphere and air is totally different in Dubai. People emphasize more on self-reflection, and try to engage in charity. Regular prayer, scarifying the entertainment and certain practices are common scenes witnessed during Ramadan. Pay a visit to Sheikh Mohammed Centre for Cultural Understanding, which is known for raising awareness about the various cultures in Dubai. Here, one can ask questions and learn about the Islamic culture. Similarly, also visit Jumeriah Mosque and other mosque in Dubai where a tour guide will explain about the importance of this month.
Best place to Enjoy Different Feasts:
Though restaurants and cafes don’t stay open throughout the day, tourists can still enjoy a great feast. However, drinking and smoking in public is strictly prohibited. There are special large tents built where delicious foods are being served during iftar. One can enjoy plates piled high with flatbread, butter chicken, rice with sultanas and a variety of vegetables. Some of the places to enjoy great food are 3inl Restaurant at the Vida Downtown, and Armani Hotel. However, check the timings before you go to any of the restaurants. Also, check out Jumeirah Beach Hotel to enjoy a grand iftar.
Enjoying the High Tea at Atmosphere:
At.mosphere is located on the 122nd floor of the Burj Khalifa and one can enjoy a high tea at the 422 metres up in the sky. This high tea consists of tiny cakes and sandwiches, rare-beef, tiny tuna sandwiches and a few others. It would be a great moment to see Dubai with an aerial view and enjoying some great food. Apart this place, one can also enjoy platters and cocktails at The Address Hotel, The Palace Downtown, Asteer at Atlantis The Palm and other places. Tourist can enjoy some of the best food during Ramadan that will really make the trip go great.
Enjoy Touring around Dubai:
Apart from tasting amazing feast of Ramadan, Dubai offers some great places to explore. From skyscrapers to illuminating malls, one can experience the human made marvellous architectural work. Go for the city sightseeing by a bus tour that allows you to explore the city. Tour around the city during the night and watch the illuminating high-rise and nightlife of the city. The rates in this city do fall down due to low occupancy. Another way to explore the city is by hiring a charter yacht or boat. Dhow Cruise offers some thrilling on sea experience for tourists under affordable deals. Be it fishing on the Dubai Creek or enjoying the party at the yacht, one can have a good time with family and friends on charter boats. Enjoy the delicious cruise dinner in Dubai having Ramadan special items served.
No More Crowds:
Places like shopping malls, public parks and other places are crowded with locals and tourists. But during Ramadan, there is a slower gear. Work hours are shorter, so shops in malls don’t remain open for long, eventually leading to less people hanging around. During this you can easily get tickets to places like Burj Khalifa, waterparks and other tourist attractions. However, the opening and closing time may change.
Enjoy the Discounts:
Touring around Dubai during Ramadan is like saving your money. Dubai, which is quite expensive in terms of tourism and shopping, offers great discount on hotels, food and shopping areas. Some hotels offer iftar and suhoor meals under special package. Also enjoy the shopping fiesta across Dubai with discounts offered on branded products. The Ramadan Night Market is a must visit in Za’abeel Hall World Trade Centre Dubai, where more than 400 outlets are open offering range of products to shop for.
Though planning your trip to Dubai during Ramadan is a great way to explore the culture and tradition and more importantly saving money. But there are a couple of tips to consider and should be strictly followed:
- From sunrise to sunset, eating, drinking and smoking are strictly prohibited in public places.
- Being a tourist, you need to follow and respect the dress code during the month of Ramadan.
If you’re expecting music in restaurants, then you’ll be disappointed. However, the good news is, it is generally played after fasting hours. During Ramadan, try some vegetarian food with loads of flatbread and salads offered. So pack your back, book your tickets and head to Dubai to enjoy affordable trip and tasty feast.