Dubai Ramadan to fall in Winters till 2031

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Dubai’s residents are experiencing a unique Ramadan2024 – the holy month falls within the winter season for the first time since 2000. This shift offers a refreshing change for those observing the fast.

Ramadan 2024

A Look at the Lunar Calendar and Ramadan’s Shifting Seasons:

Ramadan, the ninth month of the Islamic lunar calendar, follows a lunar cycle that’s shorter than the Gregorian calendar. This means the month’s dates shift by 10-12 days each year, causing it to fall in different seasons over a 33-year cycle. As confirmed by the Emirates Astronomy Society, Dubai will witness Ramadan in winter until the fall of 2031.

Following this period, Ramadan will gradually transition to summer in 2039, spring in 2048, and then back to winter by 2056.

Fasting with Winter’s Comfort:

The shorter days of winter bring a welcome benefit for those observing the fast. Fasting windows are initially shorter, with a 13-hour and 14-minute fast on the first day, gradually increasing over the month. Additionally, Dubai residents can expect comfortable temperatures around 28 degrees Celsius, making it easier to be outdoors during fasting hours.

Understanding the Lunar Calendar:

Unlike the solar-based Gregorian calendar, the Islamic calendar is lunar, based on the moon’s phases. This 12-month calendar year consists of 354 or 355 days, resulting in an 11-day difference compared to the solar year. The Islamic calendar begins with the Hijra, marking Prophet Muhammad’s (PBUH) migration from Mecca to Medina.

The sighting of the crescent moon determines the start and end of Ramadan, announced by a moon sighting committee at the conclusion of each lunar month.

Outdoor Iftars and Suhoors Under the Stars:

One of the joys of Ramadan in Dubai is sharing meals with loved ones. Iftar buffets, featuring traditional Arabic dishes and international cuisine, are a staple, especially at Ramadan tents. This year, with the pleasant winter weather, expect many restaurants to offer outdoor seating for iftars, allowing you to enjoy the sunset and dine under the stars. Similarly, outdoor suhoor options might become more prevalent.

Ramadan Markets Come Alive:

Ramadan markets are an integral part of the Holy Month. This year, with cooler temperatures, anticipate a vibrant outdoor atmosphere. Stalls selling kaftans, dates, lanterns, and other Ramadan essentials will be open from sunset until late in the evening, offering a family-friendly shopping experience. Henna artists will also be available, and visitors can delve into the local culture and cuisine.

Eid al Fitr Festivities with Perfect Beach Weather:

Eid al Fitr, marking the end of this holy festival, brings a festive spirit to Dubai. The city transforms with fireworks, dazzling decorations, light shows, and joyous family gatherings. This year, Eid al Fitr will coincide with Dubai’s prime beach season, making it an ideal time to relax and celebrate with loved ones.

In conclusion, Dubai’s winter holy festival offers a unique experience for residents and visitors alike. With shorter fasting windows, comfortable temperatures, and the allure of outdoor dining and markets, this Ramadan promises to be a memorable one.

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