Ramadan Mubarak

Tips for Expats

By LivinQ8.com

Ramadan is a special time in the region and a central part of Islamic traditions.   The following tips about the rules and customs of Muslims during Ramadan.


During the 40 days of Ramadan, Muslims will fast from dawn to dusk and are prohibited from eating, drinking (even water), chewing gum and smoking.   In Kuwait, these rules apply to everyone, and non-Muslims are not allowed to do any of the above in public places during Ramadan.  The authorities take these rules seriously, so do respect the rules, and refrain from eating or drinking in public areas.  In the privacy of your home it is fine.  Just not in public.  


Some companies, educational facilities and other establishments will provide designated places in which non-Muslims can eat, drink or smoke during the day in Ramadan.  Inquire at yours to plan your day ahead of time and do plan to bring your lunch and snacks to work, as your cafeteria and restaurants will be closed.


You can still shop as the malls and grocery stores are open, just not eat or drink.  Check ahead for the Ramadan schedule at your clubs and stores, doctor offices and other service providers.  Most businesses will be open at different hours.  It is law in Kuwait that workers have shortened hours, and may only work for a maximum of 36 hour per week during Ramadan.  Often office hours will start later and end earlier, shortening the workday.  Or, for some retailers, they will open and close much later during the 40 days of Ramadan. 


If you receive Muslim visitors, be careful about serving them refreshments during the day. If you discover that they are not fasting for one reason or another, you can invite them to a meal in your home or company's designated eating area.


At dusk, observers of Ramadan will hasten to break the fast, usually on dates and water or leban before performing the sunset prayer (Maghreb). Afterwards, they will have a heavy meal known as a Ghabqa.


When invited to break the fast in someone's house, don't eat and leave immediately. Enjoy more than one serving of dessert, coffee or tea, but be alert for the call to the evening prayer (Isha), since your host may wish to end the visit at that time.










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