Ramadan is the ninth and holiest month of the Islamic lunar calendar when Muslims around the world fast from dawn until sunset for 29 or 30 days.

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It’s a month of increased prayer, charity, reflection and renewal of friendships for the Muslim community. All the rules on culture and etiquette in Qatar should be even more carefully observed during this period.

Ramadan in Qatar is a very unique time for both Muslims and non-Muslims and you’ll find that the usual patterns of work and leisure completely change.

Your first Ramadan in Qatar will be a time of excitement, no doubt as a new expat you have a few practical questions amidst the sudden change in routine.

Non-Muslims are not expected to fast but be aware that in Qatar you cannot eat, drink, smoke or chew gum in public.

Out of respect for fellow co-workers, workplaces generally observe a non-eating, drinking and smoking policy in any open areas. Exemptions may be made for food and beverages to be consumed in a closed meeting room, office or separate pantry where food can be consumed in private and out of sight, and, only if not in the company of colleagues, clients and visitors who may be fasting. Of course, it is necessary to be mindful of food aromas and to avoid strong smelling foods.