The Islamic Holy month of Ramadan will start in the next few days. Observing Ramadan is one of the five pillars of Islam and observance of Ramadan is a matter or law in countries with government frameworks based on Sharia’a law.
If you are new to the region, or this is your first Ramadan, there are some things you should be aware of. Here are three tips to help you and your business manage the month ahead.
1.Nothing is permitted to pass your lips in public places between sun rise and sunset. This applies to eating, drinking, smoking, chewing gum, taking medicines, and so on. In privacy, as a non-Muslim, you are free to do as you wish. Please be aware this is a matter of law. Listen for the call to prayer in the evening to know when you can consume in public.
2. Business hours are shortened during Ramadan, so it is usually only possible to arrange morning meetings. If you plan to use public transport to make your journey, please remember that the taxi driver may not have eaten for a while and may not be focused completely at the task at hand (driving you safely to your destination).
In 2012, Dubai Police stated that traffic incidents increased during Ramadan. Please be wary whilst on the roads during the month.
3. It is likely in a business environment that you will be invited to a Suhoor. Even though this meal takes place at an hour you would usually be asleep, it is polite to accept. Likewise, any invitation to an Iftar should be accepted. Iftar is a special meal and such an invite should be considered an honour.
Ramadan is a month of sacrifice and giving. Whether you are taking part in the fast or not, it is applicable to remember the less fortunate during this time of year.
The Links Groups offices are open regular hours during Ramadan (our team will be working in shifts).