7/ 7/11, "Travelling during Ramadan," UK Foreign & Commonwealth Office
7/27/11, "Ramadan Travel Advice Includes Warning not to Chew Gum," Arutz Sheva, Israel National News, by Tzvi Ben Gedalyahu
"Britain and the US issue special travel warnings for the Muslim month of Ramadan. “Be careful about chewing gum” and beware of rapists."
"Britain and the United States have issued special travel warnings for the Muslim holy month of Ramadan, which begins next Monday, and even chewing gum may be a problem for tourists.
“All Mission employees and family members are advised to exercise extra vigilance and avoid large crowds during the upcoming month of Ramadan,” advised the U.S. Consulate General in Jerusalem.”
The British Foreign Office told its citizens to be sensitive to Muslim customs
“You should be aware that levels of observance of Ramadan will vary in different countries and cultures, but most Muslims will conform to some extent with the requirements of the fast - that they fast between dawn and sunset,” The Foreign Office stated,
However, Ramadan does not stop terrorists – and may even encourage them.
The U.S. State Department said there is a high potential for revenge of the death of al-Qaida founder Osama bin Laden in May. It advised to take "extreme caution" when traveling by sea near the Horn of Africa or in the southern Red Sea "as there has been a notable increase in armed attacks, robberies and kidnappings for ransom by pirates."
Britain warned that “there is a high threat from terrorism” in the UAE, which attracts one million British citizens every year. “We believe terrorists may be planning to carry out attacks in the UAE,” the Foreign Office said.
It also warned women to “take care when walking or travelling alone and use a reputable taxi company, particularly at night…. Drink spiking, known to be used in date rape, can also happen. Consular staff have noted an increase of drink spiking in night clubs in Dubai, resulting in sexual assaults on both men and women. Do not accept drinks from strangers or leave drinks unattended, including non-alcoholic drinks. When in pubs and clubs, stay with your friends and avoid getting separated in the crowd.”
Driving also can be a problem because, in the Foreign Office’s words, “Driving standards in the UAE are not always as disciplined as those in the UK and the corresponding rate of traffic accidents is significantly higher.” A United Nations agency has reported that the likelihood of being killed in traffic accidents in the UAE is
August 6, 2010, "Travellers reminded to respect Ramadan in August," Holiday Lettings, UK
12/12/1999, US State Dept. warns of Middle East terror threats against US travelers wherever they are in the world. Same report by CNN
US State Dept August, 2001, "Tips for Travelers to the Middle East and North Africa"
In many Islamic countries, even those that give tourist visas and do not require sponsorship, a woman needs the permission of her husband, and children need the permission of their father, to leave the country. If you travel or allow your children to travel, be aware of the laws of the country you plan to visit. Once overseas, you are subject to the laws of the country where you are; U.S. law cannot protect you....
Travel during Ramadan, the holiest time in the Islamic year, can prove to be very difficult. Business is rarely conducted during this time and not observing the Ramadan tradition of fasting during daylight hours can carry penalties in some countries. (Category "Dress and local customs")
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