As a non Muslim, Ramadan is an important time of year for me while I live in Dubai.
There are rules to follow for those not fasting and it is against the law to disobey.
So as from yesterday for the next 4 weeks, I will not be able to do any of the following in public during daylight hours.
Yes that includes water, chewing gum, taking medication.
It's not a problem for me, it's slightly frustrating, as I often go to light a cigarette or swig water from my bag.
But I can carry on as normal otherwise:
- Food shop
- Visit a mall
The fact it is summer plays a big part on restrictions on my life anyway, the only other change to my daily life is I won't be able to go out for coffee during the day, unless I
a) get a take away for home or drink it in a toilet cubicle
b) visit one of the 120+ restaurants that are open during the day
c) visit a large mall and use the food courts that open to non Muslims from 12pm
There are many sales and special offers to be had during Ramadan, Iftars (breaking of fast) to attend and life in general is much slower at this time of year with reduced working hours for all.
Don't be put off visiting Dubai during Ramadan, you can read more about it here. Although I'd think twice about spending summer here and that's why I'm going to the UK just before Ramadan ends, it's not all Fun in the Sun.