1. Is there a set time where fast begins and ends?
Fasting follows the sunrise and sunset which is determined daily throughout the month of Ramadan.
2. Am I allowed to eat, drink or smoke in public during fasting hours?
No, during fasting hours, even non-Muslims are expected to follow the rules of fasting in public areas. You are allowed to eat, drink and smoke in private.
3. Do people in UAE have to wear modest clothes?
Modesty in dress is essential during the Holy Month, and men and women are expected to dress more modestly during Ramadan. In particular, revealing and tight clothing should be avoided. Women should keep cleavage, knees and shoulders covered out of respect. This includes when going for a night out.
4. Is drinking, eating or smoking in a car considered a crime?
If the car is screened off from public view and if a person is in their car and needs a drink, they have to be discreet. If it is seen in public it is considered as a crime.
5. Can visitors, tourists or non-Muslim residents go to clubs or buy alcohol during Ramadan?
Most major nightclubs will be closed during Ramadan. Bars, pubs and lounges will generally remain open but will only serve alcohol after sunset. There is also no live music and nothing above quiet background music in bars and pubs.