Ramadan in UAE: Get ready for 15-hour fast

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

10 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.


  • Amjad

    Jul 3, 2013 6:06

    Ramadan Kareem for all Muslims We used to fast in the same time of theyear when were kids and the temperature was the same as now and we nevercomplain. Allah is the one who make it easy for everyone and that is onereason why we say ramadan kareem.

  • Mohammed Shakeel

    Jul 3, 2013 3:22

    Allah is the most merciful. Allah knows everything. HE also knows howmuch HIS followers can bear a bruden and HE will not burden them morethan their capacity.


    Jul 3, 2013 2:55

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

  • Muhammad

    Jul 3, 2013 2:48

    Salam, & Happy Ramadan.. Even the condition will go worse, Muslimswill fast Insha Allah... The fasting with Taqwa, which means savingyourself from Sins during fasting, and doing Zikar will give you powerto fast in toughest conditions. Insha Allah, Allah will bless all of uswith his blessing, and "Rehmant" during this holy period, andevenafterwards ...Ameen.

  • Mohammad

    Jul 3, 2013 2:17

    Ramadan Kareem in advance brothers and sisters. As we allwill 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 justignore third pillar and jump to next one. As we have our Iftar tableserved with best of food, there are others who can only think of basicfood. May Allah gives us the courage to pay Zakaat honestly.


    Jul 3, 2013 1:17

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

  • Abu Yahya

    Jul 3, 2013 12:24

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

  • Asif

    Jul 3, 2013 12:14

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

  • Karen

    Jul 3, 2013 12:11

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

  • Mujeeb Rhuman

    Jul 3, 2013 10:00

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

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Ramadan Kareem for all Muslims We used to fast in the same time of theyear when were kids and the temperature was the same as now and we nevercomplain. Allah is the one who make it easy for everyone and that is onereason why we say ramadan kareem.


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