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Visiting Dubai during Ramadan - protocol hotel & Iftar

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Visiting Dubai during Ramadan - protocol hotel & Iftar

We are 2 adults and a child - staying at the Fairmont the Palm (3-6 July) and Grand Hyatt (25-27 July) so plan to stay around the hotel during the day and venture out in the afternoon. I understand that our 5 year old can eat and drink during the day if we do it discretely, and that we are to fast, but a couple of things:

1) Will the hotel be serving breakfast for the normal times

2) We have the "gold" service which gives us drinks and canapé's at 6pm - will that be ok to go to if it is within the hotel?

3) Any suggestions for Iftar that are worth heading to - we love arabic food so authentic is good.

Thanks - I have looked at all the help topics but want some more real advise.

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1. Re: Visiting Dubai during Ramadan - protocol hotel & Iftar

Hotels will continue to serve food for non fasting residents and in normal times . They will conceal/cover the serving areas however as a show of respect for fasting people.

You can try any of the iftars at 5 star hotels like jumaireh group or other famous chains including your hotel.

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2. Re: Visiting Dubai during Ramadan - protocol hotel & Iftar

You don't need to fast unless you want to.

During Ramadan the hotels will have areas for you to eat and drink so if you do venture out before sunset you will still be able to find places to eat and drink in other hotels, so for example if you head to a mall and there is an hotel attached to it - example would be The Address Dubai Mall - it will still be serving food and soft drinks.

1. Both the Fairmont and the Grand Hyatt will have areas for non muslims to have breakfast at their normal times and the Fairmont in particular will probably still continue their pool side service of food and soft drinks.

2. There is no alcohol served anywhere (no exceptions) until after sunset so you will find that the timing of the drinks and canapés will be later OR the time will stay the same and it will just be canapés and soft drinks - the former is more likely.

3. For a really authentic Iftar then head to the one at the Sheikh Mohamed Centre for Cultural Understanding in Bastakiah

http://www.cultures.ae/index.php/ramadan-2014

You will need to book.

For other Iftars then most of the hotels host them and the food is Arabic.

Hope that helps

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3. Re: Visiting Dubai during Ramadan - protocol hotel & Iftar

Actually coming during Ramadan is a plus.

You can try some of the iftars, people are generally in a better mood and even more polite, shops have longer open and there will be obviously sales, and the rest continuous as normal.

Just do not forget to buy some alcohol in the arrival duty free, so you have something during the day in your room.

Depending the hotel you can bring a plastic bottle of coke or juice with you to the pool area (mostly allowed as pool and Ramdan does not really match). Prepare the coke and juice bottle in your room with whatever mix you like. ;-).

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4. Re: Visiting Dubai during Ramadan - protocol hotel & Iftar

Thanks for all your advice. We are not big alcohol drinkers, more concerned with making sure our 5 year old could eat and drink without fuss. The hotel contacted me with details that the breakfast 6.30-11.30 and hotel restaurants and lounges operate as usual (just no alcohol) We are looking forward to the Iftar experience just didn't want to dehydrate in 45+ weather.

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5. Re: Visiting Dubai during Ramadan - protocol hotel & Iftar

May I attach one more question regarding Ramadan ... !?

How does it effect the tourist attractions ... like Wild Wadi ... Khalifa ... River cruises ... desert safaris !?

Are all the tourist things available during Ramadan !?

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6. Re: Visiting Dubai during Ramadan - protocol hotel & Iftar

Yes all of the tourist things are available during Ramadan.

The desert safaris do not have a belly dancer.

No alcohol is served anywhere (no exceptions) until after sunset.

There is no live music and nightclubs, if open, are muted. The fountains still operate but without their usual music, instead the music is all Arabic and muted.

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7. Re: Visiting Dubai during Ramadan - protocol hotel & Iftar

hi

we r 2 people and we r planning to visit dubai.Can u tell me the cheapest furnishedd accomadation to stay in dubai? would this accomadation include kitchen for self cooking, Suggest some accomdation like paying guest only one room with washroom and kitchen.............

if it's difficult to find then suggest one room furnished accomdation ??

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8. Re: Visiting Dubai during Ramadan - protocol hotel & Iftar

Have a look on a search engine such as

www.booking.com

and rank hotels by price.

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