In the UAE, the sacred month of Ramadan begins on March 11th

The Moon Sighting Committee confirmed the start of the sacred month of Ramadan in the United Arab Emirates. Monday, March 11, 2024, will be the first day of Ramadan as the committee members spotted the new crescent moon in the sky.

Similar confirmation was received earlier from the Moon Sighting Committee of Saudi Arabia. Over the next 29 or 30 days, Muslims will observe fasting from dawn until sunset.

Nearly 2 billion believers worldwide celebrate Ramadan. Daytime fasting is one of the five pillars of Islam and is mandatory for all healthy Muslims.

Out of respect for fasting foreigners, it is not recommended to eat, drink, smoke, or even chew gum in public places during the day. Non-Muslims can do this in private or designated areas, including restaurants and cafes.

It is also important to avoid displaying public signs of affection to avoid offending others. Men and women should also dress more modestly during the sacred month, avoiding revealing or tight clothing.

Swimwear is still permitted at public beaches and hotel pools, which will operate as usual. It is worth remembering not to play loud music during Ramadan and to use headphones, especially during prayer or the call to prayer.

How to Rent a Car in Dubai During Ramadan

To rent a car in Dubai during Ramadan, you should contact local car rental agencies, such as Absolute Rent Car. During Ramadan, many companies still offer car rental services, but advance booking may be required due to increased demand at this time.

When renting a car during Ramadan, remember that many places for food and drinks may be closed during the day due to fasting, so plan your trips and meals in advance. Also, be aware of the peculiarities of traffic and follow all Ramadan rules and traditions in the United Arab Emirates.