Social Etiquettes during Ramadan in Dubai


The festival of Ramadan is a joyous occasion for the Muslim people all around the world. To blend in with the people and also to enjoy the festival, try some of the tips and suggestions that we have listed below, that might come in handy when you stay in Dubai.
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How to be socially correct in Dubai

Dubai is an ultra modern city with all the luxuries in the world but on the other hand it follows strict Muslim laws. Tourists can enjoy all the things that Dubai has to offer, by understanding and following some codes of ethics and conducts.

How to dress?

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Credit: Creative Commons/Jeanne boleyn

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Ramadan Etiquette

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Ramadan is the holy ninth month of the Islamic calendar when Muslims observe fast from the start of dawn (i.e. just before the start of Fajr) until sunset (i.e. the entrance of maghrib time). Suhur as the morning meal is eaten before fajr prayer matched by Iftar as the evening meal, during Ramadan, substituting the traditional three meals. While fasting, Muslims abstain from food, drink, smoking and sexual relations. Regarded as the Five Pillars of Islam, fasting during Ramadan also means increased praying and recitation of Quran.  Since, it is an intensely spiritual and sacred period; Non-Muslims are expected to respect the sentiments of fasting Muslims and maintain the sanctity of Ramadan. Continue reading Ramadan Etiquette

Visiting Dubai For The First Time?

As an exciting beginning of the New Year, you are visiting Dubai but it’s for the first time, then remember that Dubai’s weather is warm almost throughout the year.

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You do not need sweaters even during winter seasons in Dubai. But take a jacket along if a visit to Ski Dubai is on your cards. Continue reading Visiting Dubai For The First Time?

Dubai Tours Tips: Dressing up Appropriately

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U.S. Navy/Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Seth Clarke
U.S. Navy/Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Seth Clarke

Dubai and any of the other emirates welcome tourists from over the world and treats everyone equally. If you are on a trip to Dubai and are willing to know more about the city, its history and culture, try to gel with the locals. If you are really interested in being a part of them and do not wish to stick out like a sore thumb, understand and respect the culture of Dubai. Practice the famous saying ‘Be a Roman when in Rome’ and you will fit in fine!

It is said that dressing style is a pivotal aspect of any culture. Following them will help you respect the country’s culture and keep unnecessary attention and hard stares at bay!

As westerners are known to be less conservative when it comes to dressing up, it would better to tone down your clothing style if you are an American or a westerner as Arabs and most Asians in Dubai and UAE generally dress more conservatively than Westerners.

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Business Dining Etiquette

Business executives are constantly on their toes when dealing with important clients or business partners. Formal dinners can be rather – pressurizing in situations where executives need to demonstrate their best efforts, whether it is proper communication, dress code, or dining etiquettes. A few tips kept in mind will certainly help in tiding over the hardest of situations and securing a business deal for your company. Continue reading Business Dining Etiquette

Business etiquette tips for expats in Dubai

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GFDL/Tobias Walter

While carrying out business in any foreign workplace, it is necessary that certain norms relating to etiquettes followed by that country should be embedded within us. Known officially as ‘Business etiquettes’ these norms follow different rules in each country. Continue reading Business etiquette tips for expats in Dubai

Culture in Dubai

islamDeep rooted inside the Islamic traditions that form the main constituent of UAE’s lifestyle, the Culture in Dubai is diverse and rich. It is very much important for the foreign nationals to respect the tradition of the Emiratis when in UAE. Well-known as the entertainment hub of the Middle East, Dubai acts like a magnet for the party lovers who enjoy splurging inside the expensive clubs and bars of the city. Emiratis are quite popular for their warm hospitality who offers tempting refreshments to their guests.

When Arabs meet up, they take their own time and talk about general things. Men and Women do not greet each other outside their family. Men do shake hands and might even kiss each other on the cheek with their real good friends. On the other hand a woman tends to hug and kiss only her close friends. Continue reading Culture in Dubai