Ramadan is a special holy month for Muslims around the world, but it’s an even more special time for those during the month. That’s because Ramadan is supported almost universally throughout the area and you’ll encounter other people that are all following the same rules as far as fasting goes. Many business owners in Saudi Arabia to build privacy screens or other protective measures to block out the areas where people would normally eat outdoors at their establishments.
Even indoor eateries put up screens and other devices to give people privacy when eating during the day. This is to be respectful to everyone following the rules of Ramadan, and it’s only something that you’ll see in countries with a heavy Muslim population like Saudi Arabia. This year in 2017, Ramadan was during the period running from May 26 through June 24. If you plan to be in Saudi Arabia for Ramadan in upcoming years, be sure to keep the following in mind when planning your trip.
Stop Smoking and Eating in Public
While in Saudi Arabia during Ramadan it’s important that you avoid eating, drinking, chewing gum and smoking in public. Many people use Ramadan as their motivation to stop smoking at that time of the year, and it’s an excellent excuse to cut back or quit entirely.
Enjoy the Social Side of Ramadan
Ramadan may come with plenty of restrictions, but it has a social aspect to it as well. Many families enjoy Iftar, or their sundown meal together at the end of the day. It’s common to receive invitations to come and dine with families to celebrate this time of the day. It’s a bonding experience and can be a lot of fun. This is especially common
amongst families in Saudi Arabia and if you’re there during a vacation you may be invited to dine with friends or family.
A Time of Peace
Ramadan for spiritual reflection and because of that, it’s a time for quiet and relaxation. Even if you don’t follow Muslim practices, you’re likely to enjoy all the peace and quiet that Saudi Arabia offers during this time. It’s relaxing and makes reading books, getting some writing done or other introspective activities much easier to accomplish.
Take in the Local Culture
Ramadan is one of the best times to visit Saudi Arabia to get a feel for the local culture. Large public Iftar tents are up and booming after sundown, and you’ll enjoy eating with groups of people and taking in some of the local delicacies. It’s a time of great food if you don’t mind waiting to eat until the end of the day.
If you are Muslim and you’re looking for a way to really experience Ramadan as it was meant to be, there is nothing better than going to Saudi Arabia for the month. If you’re just looking for a time to visit Saudi Arabia as a tourist, Ramadan provides a unique experience and a view into the Muslim culture that you wouldn’t get as much during the rest of the year. Visit during the holy month and you’ll get a chance to see exactly how Ramadan really works, and you’ll get a chance to try some truly delicious food as well.