Three Magnificent Destinations To Visit For Ramadan
Ramadan 2023 has begun, and this is an exceptionally holy and spiritual time for Muslims because they are expected to fast, pray, read the Quran and engage in charity, generosity and acts of kindness.
This time of the year is best enjoyed in the company of loved ones, friends, family and close associates, especially if you find yourself wanting to travel and explore
We have compiled a list of countries that will give you the best Ramadan experience. Each of them is unique because they have different cultures, so, you’re sure to get the best of everything – ranging from memorable feasts and festivals to delicious cuisine, sightseeing and discounts on shopping and an overall sense of community.
Here are countries that are sure to give you a soul-lifting Muslim experience:
Dubai, United Arab Emirate
A truly enchanting city, Dubai is a hotspot for tourists year in, and year out and Ramadan is one of the best seasons to visit Dubai.
The tradition of Iftar, (the fast-breaking evening meal at sunset) is a spectacular experience in Dubai. The city has widespread private dining experiences and sumptuous feasts with food finds for a truly memorable Iftar experience. Iftar meals include fresh fruits, soft-boiled lamb, vegetables, rice, dates, bread and cheese.
Some fun activities you can indulge in are visiting theme parks. Check out Legoland Dubai, Legoland Water Park, Bollywood Parks, and Motiongate in Dubai Parks and Resorts. These parks offer exciting activities.
You could also tour Dubai museums to discover more about their culture and tradition. Visit the Dubai Museum in Al Fahidi Fort and the Camel Museum in Al Shandagha District.
Most of the Islamic traditions and culture originated in Egypt. The ninth month of the Islamic calendar, Ramadan is a time of fasting, prayers, and blessings to commemorate the revelations of the Quran according to the Prophet Muhammad given to him by the Holy Spirit Gabriel. It is a holy month, where Muslims fast from sunrise to sunset abstaining from drinking, eating and smoking.
They eat Sahur, a meal consumed early in the morning, before fasting. Most Egyptians break their fasts with feast-like meals shared among family and friends. They indulge in delicious yet heavy desserts like Umm Ali – an Egyptian dessert staple made of phyllo pastry, milk, double cream, and nuts and is sometimes topped with raisins, powdered sugar and coconut flakes. Basbousa, a sweet cake made of semolina, the same wheat used in pasta and couscous, soaked in simple sweet syrup; sometimes the syrup is flavoured with coconut or rose.
Some places to visit in Egypt during Ramadan are Al Azhar, a shopping marketplace full of small stalls selling Ramadan necessities. Goods like jewellery, pottery and adornments are also sold. For more religious knowledge, you can visit Mosque Madrassa of Al Ghouri.
Qatar is fast becoming a global world centre, especially because of the recently concluded FIFA World Cup that was played between November 20 and December 18.
Ramadan in Qatar is a unique and magical time for Muslims and tourists alike as they get to experience the special decorations and wonderful festivities.
Two weeks before Ramadan, Qataris mark Sha’ban (the 14th day of the Hijri calendar) with Al Naflah. Qatari dishes are prepared by families and platters of traditional food are shared amongst neighbours and given to the poor.
After the sunset, little boys and girls dress up in their best traditional attire and knock on doors throughout their neighbourhood collecting candy, sweets and nuts.