Unusual Ramadan for the Emirates
7 April 2021

Ramadan is the ninth month of the Islamic calendar and the fasting month for Muslims. During this period, imports are usually higher because of the large meals that are consumed in groups after sunset, but the stricter corona measures change this again.

During the month of fasting, no eating or drinking is allowed between sunrise and sunset. It is a month in which people learn to control themselves and in which caring for others is central. In this month, Muslims commemorate the fact that Mohammed received his first message from Allah.

After sunset, families and friends usually gather for the so-called iftar meal. However, home visits and family gatherings are banned in the UAE under the new guidelines surrounding Ramadan, and families are encouraged to meet online instead. Given the current situation, almost a third plan to celebrate the holy month online with their loved ones. As a result, spending patterns this Ramadan are likely to be different compared to the years before the pandemic.

Due to Ramadan, some Islamic countries have adjusted working hours and schedules. Please note that this may delay local processes. Based on astronomical calculations, this year’s Ramadan begins on Tuesday 13 April and will end on Wednesday 12 May.

During Eid al-Fitr, the Islamic holiday celebrating the end of the fasting month, companies in Islamic countries are usually closed. Our office is open between 08:30 and 15:30 on working days during Ramadan. Apart from these adjusted working hours and during Eid al-Fitr, your Jordex Global contact person can be reached by telephone.