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Holiday During Ramadan

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Holiday During Ramadan

We are considering going to Dubai Sept 22 to Sept 30 inclusive, what would be the impact of taking a holiday during this time as it Ramadan. All comments welcome.

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It would be cheaper but limited entertainment etc. No eating, drinking in public places.

Hope this helps.


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We stayed at Jumeirah Beach Hotel and Grand Hyatt, last October.

The JBH consider that the Pool area is a private area, an extension of being in your room, if you like. To that end, we were able to eat and drink (non-alcoholic drink) around the pool, during the day.

The GH had a cordoned off area, where non-muslims could eat and drink (non-alcohol).

When the sun has gone down (about 6.30pm), you can eat and drink, as normal.

Breakfast didn't seem to be a problem at either hotel, probably because there is no alcohol involved.

It depends how important it is for you to drink alcohol, during the day. (I think smoking may come under the same regulation)

We didn't find it a problem and you can get some really good deals, at this time of year.

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Just to clear up .... the no eating or drinking in public places refers to the hours between sunrise and sunset and does not apply to hotel guests, only when you are out and about in the Malls etc.

There is no live music during Ramadan

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went last year, no problem...and booked again for sept this year.

only thing that really affects you is the inabaility to drink alcohol during in day light hours............but to be honest who wants to get blasted in 40 degrees plus!!!!!!!!

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We were at the Al Qasr for a week last September and the latter half fell in Ramadan. The impact on our holiday was minimal. As others have said the "nothing passes your lips" rule only applies outside of the hotels during daylight hours. All the hotel restaurants were screened so that non Muslims could eat as normal during the day. The hotels won't serve you alcohol in daylight hours but there's no problem with soft drinks in the day. There were a few restaurants in the Madinat Souk that closed in that day - and those that are bars definitely didn't open until around 7pm. The shops in the Malls are open in the day and certainly in the Mall of the Emirates there was one restaurant open but screened off. Ski Dubai etc all still open in the day. The only thing we remotely missed was live music but there were some culturally interesting events instead - I'd never tried one of those hubbly bubbly pipes before. Overall, the cheaper rate we got in Ramadan was worth the minor inconveniences and I wouldn't hesitate to go again during that time.

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dont go to oman, all of the bars are closed

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if you are diabetic you can eat in public, we will be in Dubai in september, we do nto smoke nor drink alcohol Ramadam wont bother us,

That infor on diabetes was on TV not long ago

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Thank you all who replied to my query regarding Ramadan.

Sorry it took so long to reply but have booked our holiday and we are now on countdown can't wait. Thanks again.

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What about if you go for a Friday brunch during Ramadan. Can you drink then?

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we are going in September too (arrive 15th) so we will be there during Ramadan too, but it sounds as though we won't really be that much affected. And I am actually looking forward to the evenings as that is when it "all happens" as the hotels have all these "Iftar tents" and huge feasts are put out for everyone. It should be good to catch all the atmosphere of it all.