Ramadan 2022 in UAE - Timings & Where You Can Travel for Eid

 

With Ramadan just around the corner, UAE is in full swing of welcoming the holy month. Like every year, the authorities in UAE have announced shorter working hours and provisioned remote working options for government employees.

According to astronomic calculations, the speculated date for the advent of Ramadan is on April 2. But the actual starting date of Ramadan depends on the sighting of the crescent moon. 

The Islamic calendar is lunar-based and each month typically lasts for either 29 or 30 days. Preliminary speculations have it that Ramadan in 2022 will last for 30 days.

Fasting hours increase gradually as they approach the culmination of the month. The fasting is observed from dawn to dusk. Imsak is the term used to refer to the time when Muslims begin their fast, usually 10 minutes prior to Fajr (morning prayer).

If the first day of Ramadan falls on April 2nd, then the Imsak will be at 4:41 AM and the Iftar (time at which the fast is broken) will be at 6:39 PM, making it a total of 13 hours and 48 minutes of fasting. On the last day of Ramadan, the total fasting hours would have reached 14 hours and 33 minutes. 

As Ramadan draws closer, so does Eid-al-Fitr. And if you reside in the UAE, you could be getting a 5-day break for the festival. Check out the complete time table for Iftar and Prayers here

And if you’re planning to utilize these holidays to check out a new place, following are the top 8 places you must visit on or before Eid to experience their full glory.

Mecca, Saudi Arabia

Kaaba

It goes without saying that the holiest city in Islam is the best place to visit during Ramadan. Muslims from all over the world go on a pilgrimage to Mecca to perform Hajj. During the month of Ramadan, Mecca takes on a festive ambience and is bedecked with decorations. From Ramadan bazaars to Qiamullail prayers (night prayers), Mecca becomes abuzz with activities. If you want to experience the full essence of the Ramadan month, Mecca should be at the top of your list.

Dubai, UAE

Dubai City

Although a tourist destination all year round, Dubai sees a copious number of tourists during Ramadan. The city becomes a sight to see during the month, with light shows and markets scattered throughout the city. At this time, you can easily land the best travel packages to Dubai. You can also expect hotels to drop their prices. Not much needs to be said about this beautiful city.

Istanbul, Turkey

Domes in Turkey

One of the most beautiful places to visit during Ramadan, Istanbul preserves one of the best Islamic architectures in the world. Daytimes during Ramadan are relatively slow, but the city comes alive during sunset. The famous Grand Bazaar in Istanbul is heavily lit in Ramadan, and witnesses enormous crowds from all over the world. If you’re a gastronome (a lover of good food), then you’d be pleased at the culinary delights the city’s restaurants have to offer.

Visiting Istanbul will also give you a glimpse at Turkish traditions, mostly in the forms of traditional dances and street performances. No visit to Istanbul is complete without visiting the Blue Mosque, also known as Sultan Ahmed Mosque. 

Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

Mosque in Singapore

The capital of Malaysia is one of the most visited places during Ramadan in the southern hemisphere. One of the specialties of the city is the large street food markets that are held during Ramadan. Tourist greatly relish the variety of culinary delicacies offered at many restaurants, including Kelana Jaya and Bintang. The atmosphere during this month becomes spiritual and festive, with nightly prayers and Quranic recitals happening all over the city.

Marrakesh, Morocco

Mosque in Morocco

Making it a point to visit Morocco in the midst of Ramadan or for Eid can always be a good decision, because you will have access to Moroccan food available only in Ramadan. The souks are the best market places in Morocco to get a twinge of authentic Moroccan culinary tradition. 

While you’re there in Ramadan, you can break bread and also your fast with the local communities at the mosques. The summers there can be hot, but the experience is totally worth it.

Singapore, Singapore

Mosque in Singapore

This tropical country might see a lot of heat and humidity in Ramadan, but you have all reasons to be here in the month. The country might not be the biggest muslim-majority country but it is quite easy to follow Islam here, with at least one mosque in every neighbourhood where nightly prayers are held. If you’re looking for a plush place to shop for eid, then this is it.