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New Rules for Ramadan

Find out about the rules and regulations during the holy month of Ramadan, both on and off campus.

Ramadan, the holiest month of the year for Muslims, began on April 13. Muslims around the world observe religious traditions during this month, fasting for most of the day and dedicating time to prayer and charitable acts.
During this month, residents of the United Arab Emirates are expected to practice respect and sensitivity towards Muslim peers who are fasting and observing Ramadan. Although Covid-19 restrictions limit some of the festivities surrounding Ramadan, everyone is encouraged to follow the usual guidelines.
Supermarkets, pharmacies, restaurants and businesses will remain open throughout the month, but eating and drinking in public spaces, including the NYU Abu Dhabi campus, is banned. Common courtesy should also prevent community members from eating or drinking during Zoom calls or in front of fasting peers.
Community members are also encouraged to dress modestly and refrain from loud or inappropriate behavior in public.
To prevent further spread of coronavirus in the country, some Ramadan traditions, such as large scale dinners to break the fast, are discouraged. Inspection campaigns will be conducted and action will be taken against those that hold large scale gatherings or other unsafe events.
Students are welcome to participate in Iftar and Suhoor, meals consumed in the evening and before daybreak respectively, but those who are fasting should be given consideration in line at the dining hall. A special menu is prepared for Iftar in D2 and opening hours are changed to accommodate for Suhoor between 2 a.m. and 4 a.m.
All other dining outlets and the convenience store will carry on with their usual hours of operation. Timings for the mail room and for PCR testing have, however, been shortened, with the former operating from 8 a.m. to 2:50 p.m. and the latter from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
NYUAD offices are hosting events throughout Ramadan and community members can view offerings here.
Mari Velasquez-Soler is Senior News Editor. Email her at
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