The Holy month of Ramadan is observed in the ninth month of the Islamic calendar. It is based on the visual sightings of the crescent moon and lasts 29 to 30 days. It is a month of increased prayer, charity, reflection and renewal of friendships for the Muslim community. Ramadan is a solemn time, and being culturally sensitive is extremely important. All the rules on culture and etiquette should be even more carefully observed during this period.

Although non-Muslim employees are NOT expected to fast, out of respect for fellow co-workers, workplaces must observe a non-eating, drinking and smoking policy in any open areas. Exemptions may be made for food and beverages that can be consumed discreetly in a separate pantry, where food is eaten in private and out of sight from the fasting members.

To maintain the sanctity of Ramadan, care should also be taken to dressing conservatively in public and work areas.

Breaking of the fast is done in the evening at a designated time where dinner otherwise known as Iftar is served. Suhoor then lasts till at about 4am when the fast begins. During this time, most hotels & restaurants have Ramadan tents where buffet meals are served. Its really a family & friends affair!

30 days later then comes the Eid Holidays to celebrate the end of the Ramadan fasting period. The holidays are declared after the sighting of the moon. The Crescent moon symbol is used all over during Ramadan as a symbolic decoration. The Eid Holiday is also an ideal time to give back and as this one will fall on June 5, World Environment Day;  il be out there in the hot desert sun cleaning the beach. We all have a duty to make the World a better place!

Budjetmsafiri wishes You and Yours a Ramadan Kareem & Happy Eid Holidays full of God’s Blessings. Be Good! 

 

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