The Holy Month of Ramadan will tentatively start on the 28th of June and end on the 27th of July.
In the UAE: Restaurants, cafés and dining during Ramadan Throughout Ramadan, Muslims fast during the sunlight hours, which means that they do not eat or drink from the time the sun rises until it sets for the day. In respect of the holy month, there will be restrictions in the serving hours in restaurants and cafés. Restaurants and cafés in general, will be closed until dinner and open after sunset for the break of fasting, called Iftar. Some cafés and fast food restaurants will be open for take away/delivery but not for dining-in.
Supermarkets will also be open. All hotels will have options for lunch, drinks and food during daytime for non- Muslims.
• The malls will be open as usual, closing time on weekends is extended; Dubai Mall for instance will be open until 12.00 am
• Most of Gold and Spice Souk shops will be open from 10.00 am – 1.00 pm and 6.00 pm – 10.00 pm, however some open from 8.00 pm – 12.00 am instead
• Aquaventure Waterpark will remain open from 10.00 am – 7.00 pm. Guests can swim, eat, smoke & drink the whole day
• Dubai Museum will be open from Sat – Thu 9.00 am – 5.00 pm, and Fri from 2.30 pm – 8.30 pm
• In Sharjah some museums are open from 9.00 pm – 12.00 pm and others from 9.30 pm – 1.30 pm. In the evening, some open from 9.00 pm – 11.00 pm
Options for Daytime Dining
There are some outlets that will be open for dining-in during daytime. However, they will be covered in respect of Ramadan.
Following are a few options:
• Shakespeare’s Café, Souk Al Bahar
• Café Arabesque, Park Hyatt Hotel Dubai,
• The Talk, Mövenpick Hotel JBR
• Zuma, Dubai International Financial Center (DIFC)
• Sanabel Resturant, Sheraton Mall of the Emirates
• Na3Na3, The Address Dubai Mall Hotel, Downtown
• Dubai Mall, one of the food courts will have a closed section where you can eat your take-away food from the few open restaurants, cafés and fast food outlets.