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Perfect for life at the center of your dining table, salt and pepper shakers amazon will make an invaluable contribution to your home. Food is considered a necessity of life. However, sometimes we need to control our eating habits depending on time. There is at least 1 place on this planet where it is forbidden by law to eat in public on a particular time.
This is United Arab Emirates.
The exact law
Arabs are Muslim nations. As per Islam – Ramadhan is a holy month and it is a custom to keep fast during that time.
As per Article 313 of the Federal Penal Code, it is forbidden by law to eat in public during daytime under Ramadhan month.
There is a fine of Dirham 2000, however in certain cases, it can extend to 1 month imprisonment too.
The law applies to male, female, Muslims, Non – Muslims and all are equally punishable. Arabs believe that if you eat in public, probably you have insulted Muslim feelings and hence it is an offence under religious faith and rituals.
There is no punishment for eating in nights.
Now comes the fundamental question. If you happen to be a traveller and did the mistake of coming to UAE for the first time without knowing its culture, will you have to pay for that hefty fine?
As per Maj Ibrahim Ali Al Shihi, Director of Criminal investigation – in such a case, those offenders are made aware of the law. If the case happens to be genuine, no punishment is imposed. However, for local resident offenders, strict procedures are made. The reports are filed and they are legally prosecuted.