Ramadan 2018: Guidelines for Non-Muslims at work place during Ramadan

Posted on 05th Jun 2018 | 1327 views

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Professional and personal life in Gulf undergoes considerable transition during the holy month of Ramadan. While, Non-Muslims are suggested to practice some Dos and Don'ts during Ramadan. Following career tips are suggested to keep in mind. The holy month of Ramadan started on May 17, which means fasting during day light hours and breaking the fast in the evening with Iftar. Here are some tips for Non-Muslims to practice during the month of Ramadan.


  • Experts suggest that never eat or drink in public while fasting hours. Because Muslims in the UAE fast during Ramadan and perform their jobs with same hard work and dedication. Avoiding eating and drinking in public is a kind of respect to those who are fasting during Ramadan.
  • Those people who are on fasting during Ramadan are allowed to allow meeting colleagues outside office for any important work. They will not eat anything if you invite them for lunch accidentally, so avoid work lunches as much as possible. If possible schedule meetings in the morning, before iftar.

  • Iftar is a meal which you have after ending the fast for that particular day. If you are a non-Muslim and invited by a Muslim friend for Iftar then you should not reject because you are not fasting.

  • It is also important to understand that they are on low energy if you have a colleague or friend who is on fasting during Ramadan. Fasting for a whole day is not easy. Never say with your Muslim friend that you want to fast to lose weight.

Other things you need to follow as a Non Muslim during Ramadan:

  • Greet people such as Ramadan Mubarak
  • Watch where you eat o Be flexible and understanding
  • Don't lost patience
  • Keep meetings for mornings
  • Dress modesty to show respect for local customs and traditions
  • Don't say no to Iftar invitations.

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