The sacred month of Ramadan is almost here, and Muslims all around the world are starting to prepare for it. Ramadan 2017 is said to begin around the 26th of May, 2017, but as always, it will depend on the sighting of the moon.
One of the main things that everyone will be looking for is the duration of the fasting period every day – that is, when the sun rises and when it is supposed to set. The fasting time will be a little more than the day time, as fajr starts a little while before sunrise. This is known as Suhoor, the time when Muslims eat in preparation for the coming day’s fast. At sunset, it is time for Iftar, this is when we break our fast.
These timings tend to differ all over the world, depending on the time of year, the location of the country, and the season. Its common knowledge that days are longer during summer and shorter during winter. This is similar when it comes to Iftar times around the world as well.
Ramadan Fasting Hours Around the World
The longest fasting duration in the year 2017 will be faced by Denmark, where the time between sunrise and sunset will be 21 hours. Other Nordic countries like Iceland, Norway, and Sweden will have 20 hour fasting duration. Muslims in countries like France, Germany, Switzerland, UK, and Russia will also be fasting around 19 hours. These countries will be facing either the end of spring or the beginning of summer come Ramadan.
On the other hand, the shortest fasting duration in the world for 2017 are to be experienced by Muslims in Chile and Australia, where May to June marks the beginning of winter. They will be fasting for around 10 to 11 hours.
The average Ramadan fasting duration around the world for 2017 come around 13 to 15 hours for Asian countries, and 15 to 16 hours for Middle Eastern countries. To find out the specific timings for your country, check the local sunrise and sunset timings.
Mastercard-CrescentRating Ramadan Destination Clock
You can also check the Mastercard-CrescentRating Ramadan Destination Clock, which presents information about the changing trends of Muslim travel around the world during Ramadan, with predictions for the years to come. The main regions in focus for the report were Asia, Europe, Africa, the Americas and Oceania.
Mastercard-CrescentRating Ramadan Travel Report
Mastercard-CrescentRating Ramadan Travel Report allows you to plan your travel based on these three criteria:
Forecasted Average Daytime Temperature
Weather is an important factor that determines a traveler’s level of comfort. Forecasted Average Daytime Temperature allows you to choose a destination with temperatures deemed most comfortable for traveling.
Expected Fasting Duration
The number of hours per day spent fasting differs from country to country. You can refer to the Expected Fasting Duration to choose countries with shorter fasting durations to achieve travel comfort.
Global Muslim Travel Index (GMTI) 2016 Score
The GMTI Score measures a destination’s Muslim-friendliness in terms of convenience, comfort and ease of travel. You can choose destinations that were ranked higher to enjoy a comfortable travel experience.
All destinations were benchmarked based on the weighted averages of these three criteria over a period of 15 years, which is an effective timeframe for long term strategic destination planning. That way, you can plan your holidays up to 15 years in advance!