United Arab Emirates – Ramadan

Please note that the holy month of Ramadan is set to begin on Saturday May 27th, 2017 and expected to end on Sunday June 25th, 2017 (Dates are approximate as actual dates will depend on sighting of the moon). Please expect immigration processing delays during this time in the Middle East, Turkey, and Morocco. Many government offices worldwide will reduce their hours and/or close during Ramadan and Eid-al-Fitr.

Ramadan is a very important month for Muslim believers. During Ramadan, most Muslims fast from dawn to dusk. Ramadan lasts for thirty (30) days and will be followed by the Eid al-Fitr, which will last about three (3) to ten (10) days. During Eid al-Fitr everything in Muslim countries will be closed for celebration.

The Emigra Office in Dubai will keep holiday working hours of 8 AM to 2 PM from approximately May 28, 2017 to June 25, 2017.

Background of Ramadan 

Ramadan is the ninth month of the Muslim lunar year and is historically considered the month in which the Qur’an was revealed. The Muslim lunar calendar is twelve (12) days shorter than the Georgian calendar, so Ramadan occurs earlier in each Georgian year.

During this month, Muslims fast and abstain from drinking liquids from dawn to sunset. The name’Ramadan’ means ‘scorching heat’ or ‘dryness’ and is often thought to symbolize the burning away of all their sins. The end of Ramadan is marked by a three-day period of special prayers, feasts, sweets and gift-giving called Eid-al-Fitr.

What you need to do                                                                                                                                              Planning ahead

  • Clients should expect delays during this period of time and plan accordingly.
  • Contact your Emigra Worldwide representative for further details on how these updates may impact you or your client.