Ramadan 2024: Do You Know Dubai is Hosting Ramadan in Winter this Year? 


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With the advent of 2024, Dubai is poised to witness a rare occurrence as Ramadan, the Holy Month for millions of Muslims worldwide, is set to fall during the winter season for the first time in 24 years.

Commencing on March 11, 2024, Ramadan in Dubai is anticipated to bring a fresh and distinctive experience as winter officially kicks off on December 21 and concludes on March 20. The last time Ramadan graced the winter season in Dubai was in the year 2000, making this occurrence a momentous one for the local Muslim community.


Ramadan in Winter

Ramadan, the ninth month of the Islamic lunar calendar, is renowned for its variable start dates, dictated by the sighting of the crescent moon. The Islamic calendar, unlike the Gregorian solar calendar, revolves around the lunar phases, resulting in a year of 354 or 355 days – approximately 11 days shorter than the solar year. This characteristic allows Ramadan to traverse different seasons throughout a 33-year cycle.

This year, the crescent moon is expected to be visible on Sunday, March 10, corresponding to the 29th of the Islamic month of Shaban. As the lunar calendar begins with the hijra, the migration of Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) from Mecca to Medina, the Islamic New Year is celebrated, marked as a public holiday in the UAE.

The winter timing brings notable advantages for those observing fasting. The shorter days reduce the fasting duration, and the cooler temperatures make abstaining from water more bearable. According to the National Centre of Meteorology, temperatures in Dubai are predicted to hover around 28 degrees Celsius during Ramadan, creating a comfortable environment for outdoor activities during both day and evening hours.

Dubai residents can look forward to a unique Ramadan experience with the possibility of outdoor iftars and suhoors. Gathering with friends and family over the iftar table is a cherished tradition, and this year, the addition of outdoor areas in iftar tents provides an opportunity to enjoy the sunset while breaking the fast and dining under the stars during suhoor.

Additionally, the article anticipates a surge in outdoor Ramadan markets. These family-friendly shopping events, traditionally associated with the Holy Month, are expected to take place outside, offering an array of products such as kaftans, dates, lanterns, and more. Shoppers can explore local culture, cuisine, and even get henna designs drawn on at these vibrant markets.

As Ramadan concludes, the festivities continue with the celebration of Eid Al Fitr in Dubai. The holidays are predicted to kick off on Monday, April 8, lasting until Friday, April 12, resulting in a nine-day holiday period. The city is expected to come alive with fireworks, colorful decorations, light displays, and family gatherings. The optimal beach weather during this period presents an ideal opportunity for residents and visitors alike to plan pool days, staycations, or even a little trip around the GCC region.

In conclusion, the unique alignment of Ramadan with the winter season in Dubai for the first time in 24 years brings forth a host of opportunities for the Muslim community to celebrate and observe the Holy Month in a distinct and favorable setting. From outdoor iftars to vibrant Ramadan markets, Dubai is gearing up for an unforgettable winter Ramadan experience in 2024.

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