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Ramadan is the 9th month of the Islamic year, it can be 29 or 30 days (as every other month in this lunar calendar). Usually this is determined by visual observation of the moon in the 29th of the month, if the moon was observed then the month is 29 days, if not then the month will continue to 30 days. FYI, this is why the crescent is considered the symbol ...


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I'm from Turkey and I live in İstanbul for 10 years, I will gladly answer that.. Will restaurants be closed during the day? As far as I can see, this depends on the location. In some small and conservative cities, most of the restaurants will be closed until Iftar (or some of them closed all day long). In İstanbul, most of them will be open during the day. ...


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Nobody eats during the daytime until the sun goes down (that's a sure thing), This is true, and Morocco is one of the strictest countries in this regard! Unlike Tunisia, Lebanon or Syria for example. So, no shop (included food shops) are opened until then (with hard temperatures...), and every streets are kind of desert in the afternoon, Not really true,...


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The situation in Indonesia is very similar to Malaysia, and I'll quote my own answer to another question, with minor tweaks when applicable: While you certainly can get drinks and food, most places that stay open do so a little discreetly, with curtains on the windows etc, and you'll want to show respect to people who are fasting by not eating, ...


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The fact is the country is changing in the Ramadan and making it more difficult for non-religious/non-muslims to pass the days (many Iranians don't fast and have difficulty in that period of the year). Of course you'll find most shops open but probably many restaurants won't give service during the day. However some will still remain open for the people ...


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Update: In Dubai Mall, during Ramadan (daytime) eating is allowed but not in any restaurant. There is a designated cordoned off area where you must take your food and are only allowed to eat there. Restaurants that are open will only offer take away service. During Ramadan, the shopping malls will be open (you can get some respite from the heat there), ...


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I have returned from my trip and would like to share some of my insight. The other answers here are similar to what I experienced so I thought it would be useful to share additional information that I wish I had known before traveling. Note that I stayed in the Dubai Marina area which has many more Westerners than older parts of the city (such as Deira) and ...


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Ramadan Dates Ramadan occurs in the ninth lunar month of the Islamic calendar. It's start and end thus depend on the moon phases. Moreover the lunar calendar is 10-11 days shorter than the solar calendar, hence Ramadan never falls on the same dates over two consecutive years. Indeed it is anticipated by 10-11 days every year. This means that the dates can ...


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If you travel to the major cities, like Marakech, Fes, Casablanca and Rabat, you will barely notice any change. But in smaller towns, there is a huge impact of Ramadan on the population. Tourists restaurants, cafés and shops will still be open as normal, transportation is available as normal, and all tourits attraction will be open until like 16h00. Only ...


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I would not personally travel to Morocco during this time, based on my experience in traveling in Muslim countries (actually during Ramadan, by mistake and more than once). I would be OK with going to Turkey but I would not go to Morocco. First, you're not just traveling during Ramadan, you're traveling on the last week. Which after a month of daytime ...


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Following my recent experience in Java. I only stayed a couple of days in Java during the Ramadan, but I think it gave me a good introduction to this special time of the year for the Muslims of Indonesia. Basically, it was much more easy going than I thought, we did not feel a huge difference before and after the start of the Ramadan. It might have been a ...


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I'm from Bosnia. I myself never partake in Ramadan and I've never had any serious troubles. As you said yourself, Bosnia has a large non-Muslim presence throughout the whole country. Many Muslims don't fast during Ramadan as well. Some just choose not to, but some can't because of illness, pregnancy, old age or physical work/exercise etc. On top of that, ...


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During Ramadan, the most important change is the Islamic fasting. This prohibits eating and drinking between (approximately) sunrise and sunset. However, some muslims are allowed to eat. This includes children, the sick, the old, and pregnant women. I have no special experience with Indonesia, but typically (even with Sharia in place), you will be able to ...


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The Same Rules Apply to Both Locals and Foreigners The rules seem to be very simple: no eating, drinking, smoking or chewing gum in public during Ramadan in Dubai. This applies to both tourists and locals. Fines and (possibly) jail time are the common punishment for such offenses. Quoting from Dubai FAQs: Rules and expectations specific to Dubai and the UAE ...


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My thoughts on this topic available on personal blog http://www.glowhunters.com/visiting-sarajevo-during-ramadan-and-bayram/ Would be happy if you visit and leave your comment. Blog is in preparation of much more touristic reviews of Balkans and whole Western Europe. But still, Sarajevo has a special role as this is my home town...So be welcomed to sneak ...


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Will restaurants be closed during the day? No, all the restaurants and bars are open where the main attraction anywhere in Turkey Will tourist attractions be closed during the day? They are open as usual.


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I have lived in Java and am living in Bali, just for reference. Is Bali/Gili/Lombok the best choice for us to travel to instead of the more islamic Java? That depends. I like Bali to live on but as a tourist destination it’s completely different from the experience of Java. In Bali, expect mass tourism and all the things that come with that, like ...


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Short answer: Don’t Less Short: Don’t at least if you have never traveled to a Muslim country during Ramadan, or a strict Muslim country at any time, and don’t know what to expect. Very long verbose, ranting answer Morocco is one of the most liberal Muslim countries. Cosmopolitan Moroccans are not typically religious and have a westernized lifestyle. ...


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In Dubai is alcohol widely available, but drinking alcohol in public can get you in a lot of trouble. So make sure that you only drink alcohol in private places like hotel bars and clubs. These places have permission to sell alcohol. (Source: https://www.meetthecities.com/guide/dubai/dubai-city-practical-information/ )


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