Flying Gulf Carriers During Ramadan 2018 — What Should You Expect?

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The month of Ramadan 2018 has officially kicked off, and this year it runs from May 15 through June 14. Given that the “big three” Gulf carriers are all based in countries that generally observe Ramadan, I wanted to provide a quick rundown of what people should expect when flying these airlines over the next few weeks.

Those observing Ramadan typically fast during daylight hours, though those not observing are of course free to eat. However, some airlines also adjust their alcohol policies out of respect for this period.

For the Gulf carriers it’s an interesting balance between respecting their “roots” while also serving non-Muslim international travelers, many of whom are traveling between non-Muslim countries, and simply using the Gulf as a connecting point.