Ramadan is the holy month which commemorates the revelation of the Holy Quran and is significant for all Muslims. During this month, Muslims abstain from all food and drink from dawn to dusk, followed by Iftar (breaking the fast). In Dubai, Ramadan holds special significance and the annual event is marked by a host of Ramadan-related events held during this period. Ramadan influences can be seen in all spheres of life in Dubai – social, business, cultural and entertainment, from alteration in working hours to observance of certain guidelines for Muslims and Non-Muslims. Most cafes and restaurants are closed during the day. The holy month of Ramadan ends with Eid celebrations, which are normally spent with family and friends.
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"Bawwabat Eamarat Al Khair" (Emirates Charity Gate) is a pioneering project in the country and region in the field of charitable work. It is the first electronic system in the Middle East to connect charitable societies and establishments. It connects all charitable entities in Dubai under the supervision of Islamic Affairs and Charitable Work Department (IACAD).The portal provides an integrated system and employs recent technology to help charitable entities to work more proficiently through automatizing all interior and finance operations in a way that benefits donators, donation channels, and beneficiaries and enables IACAD at the same time to supervise charitable entities, facilitate licensing them, unify their database, and provides them with recent technology and train them on it.
The Emirates Red Crescent launched on its website the "Sponsors' Portal", which enables sponsors to be aware of the conditions of the sponsored orphans as well as the number of poor families, students and the disabled. Sponsors will also be able to see the charitable projects that they can participate in as well as the Emirates Red Crescent's guide of projects and how to donate.
The Zakat Fund provides many services including “Fatawa” and “Pay your Zakat online” within the IVR system. Dubai International Holy Quran Award is carrying on its activities through a dedicated satellite channel concurrently with Dubai Smart Government's new application on iPhones and iPads for tracking the Award's news and activities.