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Ramadan is an annual observance by Muslims worldwide as a month of fasting to commemorate the first revelation of the Quran to Muhammad according to Islamic belief.

During this month, millions of Muslims abstain from food and water...not a single drop from dawn to dusk. They also abstain from excesses like cigarettes and sex. However, Ramadan in many countries is a mix of austerity and celebration. The best place to observe Ramadan in our opinion? Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates (UAE) 

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Sheikh Zayad Grand Mosque UAE

Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque UAE 

Tourists Are No Exception

No one is allowed to eat, drink, or smoke publicly. Shops, restaurants, cafes are all closed during daylight hours. However, in recent years, some major hotels will serve food to their foreign guests. You're probably thinking this isn't the best idea but what's a cultural experience without immersing yourself in your surroundings? Just take it all in. 

Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque

 

The Night Comes Alive

After the Iftar meal, which is when Muslims break their fast after sunset, the city comes to life. Shops reopen and people gather with family and friends.  

Sheikh Zayed Mosque

Eat Smart

You're about to embark on an entire day without any food or water so it's important to fuel your body with slow digesting high protein foods that will provide you with enough energy to push you through the day. Some foods that work best are brown rice, pasta, and wheat bread.

Sheik Zayed Grand Mosque

Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque

Abu Dhabi any time of the year is a great idea but if you want to experience the true culture and spirituality that this city was built on, there's no better time than Ramadan. 

 

Photo credit: Our Travel PassportIrene Khan

 

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