Here is a carefully collated list of Ramadan-friendly cities to visit during the month of fasting.
Vacationing in these destinations will offer you the opportunity to explore each city’s uniquely local Ramadan practices and customs, while being fully immersed in the essence of Ramadan. We spoke to travel app Wego who gave us their list of the top 5 places to visit.
Escape the summer heat by heading to the Zanzibar Archipelagos that boast crystal blue waters of the Indian Ocean and unspoilt white beaches. Also not to be missed are the beautiful mosques in the historical Stone Town, on this island paradise getaway. Alternately, just opt for a relaxing sail on a traditional local dhow.
Round-trip flights start from Dh1,330 per person. And a four-star hotel starts from Dh169 (a night)
The capital city of Baku is prized for its picture-perfect scenery as well as its delightful old-world charm. If you love architecture, get ready to experience a cityscape that has the best of Paris and Dubai. And once you are done sight-seeing, pick from the city’s wide range of restaurants that serve special iftar menus.
Round-trip flights start from Dh973 per person and you can find a four-star hotel from Dh100 a night
This cosmopolitan and young metropolis offers a halal-friendly and quiet vacation spot; loaded to the brim with cultural gems such as historical ruins, museums. souks and mosques. It also forms a great base for exploring highlights of Jordan, such as Petra and Wadi Rum.
Round-trip flights start from Dh1,150 per person, and a four-star hotel starts from Dh181 a night
Visit Almaty for its great weather and luxurious hammams. You could also catch world-class ballet and opera at strikingly low prices. And if you want to experience a bit of snow in the peak on the Middle Eastern summer, head to the popular Medeu outdoor ice skating rink, situated at an altitude of almost 1,700 metres.
Round-trip flights start from AED1123 per person, and a four-star hotel starts from Dhs134 a night
Give the tourist-traps of Cairo a miss, and head over to the port city of Alexandria. Bibliophiles can read to their hearts’ content at the famous Library of Alexandria, where a copy of every book published in the world is kept. To soak in some history you could also visit some interesting Roman catacombs, the site of the Pharos ( the great lighthouse) and a stunning Roman amphitheater.
Round-trip flights start from Dhs1300 per person and you can find a four-star hotel from Dhs198 a night
**Find these hotel rates on wego.co.ae