I had the opportunity a few years back to spend a week first in Bahrain, and then later at Dubai, in the UAE during Ramadan – some of you may remember the time frame I am speaking of.
Devout Muslims fast, declining to eat or drink during the daylight hours of Ramadan, and as GCC members, both Bahrain and Dubai are relatively conservative Islamic states. Being the kind of man who tends to get crabby after a missed meal or two, I was therefore surprised and gratified to learn that special provisions had been made for non-believers behind privacy screens: There we could dine to our hearts’ content, although in deference to local sensitivities the purchase of alcohol was suspended.
In Britain, it appears that things are not quite so congenial, these days:
(H/T to Robert Spenser)