While the holy month of Ramadan  appeals to the masses of Muslims who draw much spiritual strength for the year to come, the season is slightly tougher on the non-practicing minority of Middle East dwellers who refrain from the fast. Expatriates and non-Muslim natives to the region have to find alternative ways to subsist without upsetting their Muslim neighbors. 
Smokers must either put the lid on their habit, or have a crafty fag away from plain sight.  And those who must snack are more often found grazing in the restrooms.
The Middle East region presents varying challenges to these Ramadan victims, who are either not required to partake or who chose to opt out of their religious obligations. Come Ramdan time, where do the non-compliant or failed fasters go?
Some countries are freer toward their non-fasting dwellers, like the Levant. Lebanon and Syria are not known for imposing Ramadan  on the non-faithful. Business continues as usual with refreshments readily available. Other spots are stricter. The Arabian Gulf and also North Africa and Jordan enforce stiffer regulations for public observance. You may eat, but on pain of fines, prison or even flogging.
Al Bawaba's cross-section of the Arab world's approaches toward Ramadan - from the strictest to the more lenient and free-fasting. A sneak look behind the fast, at the misfits of Ramadan.
Just food for thought!
Have your say. Are Muslim majority countries harsh when it comes to applying Ramadan on their non-Muslim residents? Should it be down to the 'guests' as well non-Muslim Arabs to respect their Muslim communities by displaying appropriate sensitivity? Does this need to be enforced by law?