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The end of the fast each day is celebrated with an Iftar meal. In some areas you may also hear cannons fired to mark the end of the fast – in the past these have been at Deira, Karama, Safa Park and Downtown Dubai in Dubai. They are also sounded in the other Emirates – so don’t be surprised by the loud bangs..
Meals during Ramadan
Suhur is the meal in the morning just before sunrise. Iftar is the time when fasting ends for the day. Maghrib prayers are the prayers held at Iftar time. The Iftar meal, just after sunset is traditionally a light snack of dates and water. Later in the evening there are larger festive meals with friends and family and these are often also called Iftar meals!
Mosques offer free meals to the poorer members of society – Muslim and non-Muslim. These meals are usually sponsored by charities or companies and one of the largest is at the Abu Dhabi Grand Mosque – in the car park.
Many hotels and restaurants will have special Iftar menus and the meals may be held in large tents. These Iftar meals are great family occasions and despite the fasting, many people actually gain weight.
At the end of Ramadan, the festival of Eid al Fitr takes place. This is a great festival and is marked by visits to family and friends for celebratory meals. In the Emirates, there are at least two days of public holidays.
Future Dates for Ramadan
These dates are only approximate as the date will depend on the sighting of the moon.
2014 .....June 28 - July 27
2015 .....June 18 - July 16
2016 .....June 06 - July 05
2017 .....May 27 - June 25
Non - Muslim DO's and DON'Ts for Ramadan:·