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Ramadan in UAE: Get ready for 15-hour fast

Heat and humidity will test people’s nerves, forecasters say

  • By Aftab Kazmi, Bureau Chief
  • Published: 21:00 July 2, 2013
  • Gulf News

Al Ain: Those fasting during Ramadan this year face a tough test with more than a 15-hour long fast in the season’s hottest and most humid days.

Those who work outdoors will face the toughest test of all, forecasters warn, and there is a chance people could become unwell if they do not take necessary precautions.

“Do reap the blessing of the month but be careful when working outdoors,” said weather forecasters.

“Ramadan this year comes in the summer period [it starts on July 10] and this period of the year is characterised by high temperatures during the day,” said the Abu Dhabi-based National Centre of Meteorology and Seismology (NCMS).

The centre said the maximum temperatures will be in the afternoon.

The maximum temperature recorded during this period is 52.1 degrees Celsius. It was in July 2002 in the Al Jazeera BG area in the far west of the UAE, according to the NCMS.

Forecasters rate August and September as the toughest months of the year, when heat coupled with high humidity increases discomfort in the country. The average temperature is likely to be in the mid-40s but it could jump to higher levels. The duration of the day will decrease as the month progresses but there will only be 24 minutes difference between the first and last day of Ramadan.

An increase in humidity is also likely on some days in the morning and at night that could see mist and fog forming in some areas. The average relative humidity will be between 42 and 51 per cent, said the NCMS.

Mohammad Farooq, a Sri Lankan expatriate, said fasting is mandatory in Islam and Allah gives people courage to withstand the difficult conditions.

“No doubt the conditions will be tough but I’ll pray to Allah to give me and all other Muslims the courage to fulfil the obligations,” he said.

Sulman Haider, an Indian expatriate, said the duration of the fast is longer than the previous few years, but “I can’t make weather conditions an excuse”.

He said he spends around seven hours outdoors.

“It will be tough especially when the body fluids are low, but I have to obey my Lord and I’ll be doing it in the best possible way,” he added.

Abdul Aziz, an Egyptian expatriate, said the fast will be long but it will not be difficult for him.

“Most of my working hours are limited to indoor office work,” he said.

It will be a challenge for people operating outside he said, adding he was sure the reduced working hours during Ramadan will help such people to some extent.

Comments (10)

  1. Added 18:06 July 3, 2013

    Ramadan Kareem for all Muslims We used to fast in the same time of the year when were kids and the temperature was the same as now and we never complain. Allah is the one who make it easy for everyone and that is one reason why we say ramadan kareem.

    Amjad, Dubai, United Arab Emirates

  2. Added 15:22 July 3, 2013

    Allah is the most merciful. Allah knows everything. HE also knows how much HIS followers can bear a bruden and HE will not burden them more than their capacity.

    Mohammed Shakeel, Dubai, United Arab Emirates

  3. Added 14:55 July 3, 2013

    RAMADAN R ead in abundance the Holy Quran A bstain from food, drink and cohabitation M aintain your nightly trips to Masjid for Taraweeh A bsolve yourself from Hellfire through seeking forgiveness D eeds of good, never too many to have A ttempt to find and utilise the Night of Power in the odd nights of the last 10 N ever return to the sins you have turned your back on in this month

    SINDHU, UAE, United Arab Emirates

  4. Added 14:48 July 3, 2013

    Salam, & Happy Ramadan.. Even the condition will go worse, Muslims will fast Insha Allah... The fasting with Taqwa, which means saving yourself from Sins during fasting, and doing Zikar will give you power to fast in toughest conditions. Insha Allah, Allah will bless all of us with his blessing, and "Rehmant" during this holy period, and evenafterwards ...Ameen.

    Muhammad, Dubai, United Arab Emirates

  5. Added 14:17 July 3, 2013

    Ramadan Kareem in advance brothers and sisters. As we all will be praying and fasting during this month to get rewards from Allah. Don't forget Zakaat which is third pillar after Salah. One can not just ignore third pillar and jump to next one. As we have our Iftar table served with best of food, there are others who can only think of basic food. May Allah gives us the courage to pay Zakaat honestly.

    Mohammad, Dubai, United Arab Emirates

  6. Added 13:17 July 3, 2013

    We dont get less working hours back home , be happy with what you get here and dont ask for more.

    JEENA, DUBAI, United Arab Emirates

  7. Added 12:24 July 3, 2013

    THE REWARD For FASTING is with Allah, and all the Good deeds are for the sake of ALLAH.

    Abu Yahya, Dubai, United Arab Emirates

  8. Added 12:14 July 3, 2013

    HAPPY RAMADAN to all....feeling very happy to greet holy month... May Almighty Allah give good health for all the Muslims to fast and follow the path of Allah & respect the month

    Asif, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates

  9. Added 12:11 July 3, 2013

    There should be no excuses. That is a true sacrifice.

    Karen, Dubai, United Arab Emirates

  10. Added 10:00 July 3, 2013

    Ministry should consider lesser working hours for this year only. Main thing the fasting is in the hottest period of a year. So the Government should consider about a declaration of more lesser working hours than the previous years.

    Mujeeb Rhuman, Dubai, United Arab Emirates

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