. . The holy month of Ramadan will begin on May 17 (Thursday) in UAE . . THE ISLAMIC holy month of Ramadan begins this week as millions of Muslim will begin fasting to bring them closer to their faith and Allah. Ramadan is the ninth month of the Islamic calendar and a period of time when Muslims observe a month of fasting and dedicate more time to reading the Koran. Between sunrise and sunset, Muslims abstain from food and drink, the physical ritual allows them to understand the suffering of others.