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Ramadan 2011 - A Dubai Trip during RamadanLike every year Ramadan will be a mega event in Dubai this year too. Special Ramadan discounts will make August a wonderful time for planning Dubai holidays. Read on for more interesting facts on travel to Dubai during Ramadan.Date : Wednesday, March 30, 2011 The opulent wonderland called Dubai celebrates different festivals with great aplomb. The holy month of Ramadan, which culminates into Eid-ul-Fitr is one of the biggest or perhaps the biggest such event in Dubai. With its high Muslim population and penchant for celebration, the Emirate of Dubai leaves no stone unturned for assuring that the month of Ramadan is spent in utmost austerity and Eid is celebrated with abundant festivity. Ramadan 2011 will observe during August and the approximate date for Eid is 30th August. The exact date will depend upon the sighting of the moon. It probably goes without saying that taking luxury Dubai holidays during Ramadan makes for an extremely unique experience.
Ramadan TipsRamadan is the ninth month of the Islamic calendar and highly venerated. Devout Muslims follow rigorous principles during Ramadan. These include fasting from dawn till evening, abstaining from alcohol, smoking, sex, and refraining from evil thinking. Even drinking water or swallowing one’s spit is forbidden during the daytime. Travellers planning to take holidays to Dubai during Ramadan should acquaint themselves with certain pointers, which will come in handy at a later stage. Ramadan is an off season tourist time in Muslim countries and is one of the best occasions for planning luxury holidays to Dubai as well as the other Emirates. Travellers looking for special Dubai Deals for the Ramadan season would do well to start searching for Dubai specialist travel agents from now. Eating and drinking in public during the daytime is forbidden and breaking this rule may very well result into a spell in jail. Alcohol is also highly unlikely to be available during the day. However, visitors can order room service or eat at certain hotel restaurants. Establishments offering daytime refreshments during Ramadan are usually away from public view. Some restaurants also offer home delivery during Ramadan. It is advisable that women travellers dress conservatively and avoid flashy make up as conservative sentiments are at their peak during Ramadan. During Ramadan days, Dubai has a curfew like atmosphere. Most business establishments either cease operations or function for shorter hours. Similarly, the streets are also deserted. However, nights are a different matter altogether. The day’s fast comes to an end and there is hearty feasting. This is known as Iftar. Gourmets can look forward to special Iftar delicacies served at many of the hotels. These hotels even put up Iftar tents dedicated to special Ramadan meals and one gets the chance to gorge on authentic Arabian cuisines. The Iftaar parties are a good occasion for travellers to experience the Arabian revelries first hand. Smoking the Arabian Shisha or hookah could be a unique experience. The shisha is a pipe and people use it for smoking apple or other fruit flavoured tobacco. Most of the nightclubs are closed during Ramadan. The open ones are not allowed to play music or host dances. During Ramadan, Muslims attempt to read the entire Quran. While Sunni Muslims practice extra prayers during nightly recitations and read different parts of the Quran every night, Shiites practice an independent study of the Quran during night. As Ramadan draws to a close, the excitement for the approaching Eid-ul-Fitr is just palpable. Eid festivities in Dubai are just indescribable.
Shopping During RamadanShopping is a very powerful motivating factor for going on Dubai holidays and the month of Ramadan makes for some gala retail therapy. Many of the shopping malls do stay open during the daytime and are refreshingly isolated. The shopping areas close during the day open for business after dusk. In fact, Ramadan proves to be great for some night time shopping in Dubai. The shopping malls and other shopping centres stay open late into the night. Special irresistible promotions are offered by a number of stores, restaurants, hotels, and airlines.
AccommodationRamadan is one of those rare times when ordinary people may fulfil their dreams of staying in lavish Dubai hotels due to the generous discounts. Two popular accommodation choices for Ramadan are Dubai Marina and Palm Jumeirah. Both these areas are close to some of the most important shopping malls and restaurants offering fabulous Iftar buffets.
Dubai Flights during RamadanBesides the increased chances of getting tickets for Dubai flights, air travel during Ramadan can prove to be a rewarding experience for quite a few other reasons as well. Many airlines, especially with origins in the UAE or those operating number of flights into UAE, dole out special discounts and facilities for their customers. For instance, in 2010, the award winning Emirates came up with exciting initiatives for its passengers. Small snack boxes containing vegetable calzone, a laban drink, dates, Namoura dessert, and water were given to passengers at the Emirates Terminal 3 boarding gates. Special Iftar meal boxes were available as well. These were stocked with scrumptious and nourishing foods such as pistachio Baklava, banana, roasted almonds, dried apricots and prunes, and traditional chicken shawarma.
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