Image 1 of 8: Everyone knows that breakfast is the best meal of the day. During Ramadan, your first meal is when the sun goes down and so you might miss out on some tasty brekkie delicacies. In prep for the lunar month, why not go to town on your favourite morning foods to make sure all your cravings are satisfied before you fast. (courtesy of nanas sweets)
Image 1 of 8: Many Muslim majority countries ban all websites that could be considered un-Islamic in the lead up to Ramadan, as porn or gambling sites. Aside from what you do in the privacy of your bedroom, some use the weeks prior to the holy month to casino Daddy’s money away - and then they have all Ramadan to think about the damage. (Getty)
Image 1 of 8: With some Muslims regarding shisha as an ‘‘intoxicant’ for its smokey properties, indulging in some hubbly bubbly might be hard to do during Ramadan. So why not head to decadent Dubai and set up shop in a luxury shisha tent, like this one at the Ritz Carlton to get your Ramadan fix? (courtesy of Ritz Carlton)
Image 1 of 8: During Ramadan, women are expected to observe the holy month by dressing even more conservatively than usual. London trumps Paris these days, after France introduced its ban on the headscarf. Wealthy Arabs frequent Harrods so often that the month before Ramadan has been touted the Harrods Hajj. (courtesy of The Times)
Image 1 of 8: Although alcohol is forbidden in Islam, some prefer to turn a blind eye to this 11 months of the year. So as to have some alcohol fuelled memories during an otherwise dry month, why not indulge in a cheeky cocktail? Put the Moet on ice, habibi! (Getty/Alan Crowhurst)
Image 1 of 8: Many night clubs cater for wild behaviour in the lead up to Ramadan and the most exclusive clubs in the UAE get ready for some rich-kid debauchery. Before your energy is sapped from all that abstaining, why not put your blood sugar levels to good use and party? Only the most luxurious bars in Dubai will do. (courtesy of Jumeirah Hotel)
Image 1 of 8: If the thought of a month of intensive family time is getting you down, why not follow in the classic pre-Ramadan footsteps of our favorite Gulfies and travel abroad for a week of luxury? Many like to splash the cash overseas and London is the prime destination. Do it in style, in an oil-funded private jet. (courtesy of Jet Charters)
Image 1 of 8: With family-held iftars left, right and centre, there is no need to drop dollar on fancy meals! Why not use those saved up pennies to splurge on a luxury vehicle of your choice? Sightings of ostentatious cars increase dramatically before Ramadan. Or if Lambo’s aren’t your style, why not get a bike? (facebook)
For some, the holy month of Ramadan is a time to get seriously religious. If you've been a slack Muslim the other 11 months of the year, or less than devout enough for the Prophet's (PBUH) liking, here's your chance to make ammends. Muslims tend to get into the spirit of the Holy Month by getting close to God, cleansing the body as well as feeling with the poor, and finally indulging in family time. For some, it’s even a month of frugality that comes in stark contrast to the other 12 months of luxury. If you’re used to misbehaving around the calendar, we’ve come up with some tips for you to blow off some steam before getting stuck into fasting.
From breakfast binges to luxury motors, decadence and raucousness are everywhere this week. Whether you're looking for tips or merely spectating, here's how the region's getting its kicks before the dour but spiritually elevating month of Ramadan sets in. Read on and see how Gulfies are getting their playboy on to keep holy month blues at bay.