Ramadan in Qatar 2016
Muslims all over the world and in Qatar are fasting these days during the month of Ramadan.
Because the Islamic calendar is a lunar one the month of Ramadan officially begins after the new moon is spotted. Similarly, the end of Ramadan will be marked by the spotting of the new moon. That means Muslims will either fast 29 or 30 days, with a days-long festival marking Eid Al-Fitr, this year expected to begin around Wednesday, July 6th.
Once Ramadan begins, it’s illegal for adults to consume food or drink beverages publicly during the fasting day. Muslims are prohibited from drinking alcohol and, though Qatar sells it in a limited fashion most of the year, the country will be dry during Ramadan.
Qatar law mandates shortened workdays for Muslim and non-Muslim residents during Ramadan.
Regardless of Ramadan and until August 31st, laborers can only work a maximum of five hours a day outdoors in the morning. They also cannot work in the sun between 11:30am and 3pm.
The annual regulations also stipulate that employers must display laborers’ hours clearly in their workplace.
Most restaurants usually stay open late during Ramadan, venues like Katara Cultural Village and the Aspire Zone usually hold Ramadan-centric activities. There are also some unique celebrations like the sunset canon at the Qatar State Mosque and Garangao festivities.