The most widely respected and celebrated holiday in Abu Dhabi is Ramadan, usually falling on the ninth month of the Islamic calendar (Al Hijri). This is a spiritual time in which practising Muslims refrain from eating and drinking during daylight hours.
Visitors to Abu Dhabi and Dubai are required to respect this tradition and therefore non-Muslim guests are asked to eat meals and drink water in private between dawn and dusk. Many shops are closed or have limited hours during this period, which lasts for 29 to 30 days. The end of Ramadan results in the festival Eid al-Fitr, in which the fast is broken and Muslim followers rejoice by attending religious ceremonies and showing their generosity. It is customary to give something to charity during the two or three days of Eid al-Fitr.