The holy month of Ramadan, one of Dubai’s most important religious traditions, is right around the corner. 

To respect the city’s religious culture and tradition, certain events and activities are prohibited in Dubai during Ramadan. For event organizers, it’s important to be aware of the restricted activities and ensure that any event organized by your firm abides by the rules and regulations for the month.

To help you plan your events for the month of Ramadan, we have listed all the event activities that are allowed and not allowed during Ramadan in Dubai.

Events Allowed During Ramadan in Dubai

As per the official Department of Tourism and Commerce Marketing (DTCM) circular, here are the events and activities allowed during Ramadan in Dubai.

  • Iftar and Suhoor Tents.
  • Folklore Activities are allowed between 7:30 p.m. to 3 a.m.
  • National and international award ceremonies.
  • DJs are allowed to play background music only.
  • Circus Shows are allowed with background music only.
  • Acrobatic shows can be performed with background music.
  • Children’s play area is allowed with background music.
  • Magic shows can be performed with background music.
  • Classical music events can be performed with a singer & string instruments operator only.
  • Jazz & Blues performance is allowed with a singer, string instrument player, and musical instrument player only.
  • Opera.
  • Drama – Stage/Theatre/Actor/Story/Producer/Poet/Poetess performances are allowed.
  • Comedy.
  • Musical Play.
  • National Play.

Events Not Allowed During Ramadan in Dubai

  • Performers/Musicians.
  • Fashion Shows.
  • Art Exhibitions.
  • Commercial / Specialized Exhibition.
  • Activities (Face painting, Arts & Crafts, etc.).

Other Prohibited Activities During Ramadan In Dubai

Dancing and Loud Music

Ramadan is a time of reflection and spiritual devotion, and loud music and dancing are not allowed during this time. Nightclubs and bars are also not allowed to operate during Ramadan.

Public Displays of Affection

Public displays of affection are not allowed during Ramadan in Dubai. This includes kissing, hugging, and holding hands in public.

Selling Alcohol

Selling alcohol is not allowed during Ramadan in Dubai. Bars and restaurants that serve alcohol must close during the day and can only operate after sunset if they have the required permits.

When planning Ramadan events and activity ideas, make sure you keep all the regulations in mind and abide by them.

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