aRestaurants in Dubai, United Arab Emirates no longer need to cover the food of passers-by during the fasting month of Ramadan, which began on Tuesday.
On Sunday, the Dubai Department of Economic Development announced the measure aimed at boosting tourism in the UAE’s largest city.
This is the first time that Dubai has relaxed the strict rules for the traditional month of fasting, and has opened its doors to tourists considering that 90% of its residents are foreigners – a large part of them non-Muslims.
Hence, restaurants and cafes no longer need to install curtains or screens, which was previously mandatory practice.
With the new rules, restaurants also no longer need special permits to serve food during the sunny hours.
During Ramadan, the ninth month of the Islamic calendar, Muslims abstain from smoking, drinking, and eating from sunrise to sunset.
In the Persian Gulf region, most countries require curtains to be placed in public places in order to cover the food scene for those fasting. Eating and drinking in public can also lead to fines and legal troubles.
For the second year in a row, hundreds of millions of Muslims around the world started Ramadan is restricted due to the Covid-19 pandemic.
However, in the UAE, where the coronavirus vaccination campaign is more advanced, vaccinated people will have privileges to repeat mosques.
Watch, in the gallery above, how the first day of Ramadan was in Dubai, now without curtains or curtains in institutions.
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