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August 1, 2012

Emiratis enraged over UK mag publishing 'top 5 bars to visit during Ramadan' list

London: UK magazine Time Out's Dubai edition has been accused of disrespecting Islam, after it published a list of the city's top five bars to visit during the Muslim holy month, Ramadan. The magazine, popular among the emirate's ex-pat residents, reportedly published the article in its Ramadan issue, under the headline '5 to try: bars in Ramadan' and the names of the bars in the city which would be open throughout the holy period and gave their hours of business. However, the magazine's tweeted link to the article online was picked up on by Emiratis, who began an online campaign using the hashtag #stoptimeoutdubai on Twitter. "If u don't like the culture and have no respect. Leave," the Daily Mail quoted a user, as saying, while another tweeter said that his culture was being 'perverted by alcoholics'. The social media storm prompted Time Out Dubai to issue an apology. "We would like to apologise for any offence caused by our recent article on the subject of nightlife during Ramadan," it said in a statement. "We respect local culture and traditions and this was a error of judgment on our part," it added. Ramadan is the ninth month of the Islamic calendar, in which Muslims abstain from eating, drinking, smoking and sex from dawn to dusk and are generally more pious in their observance of religious rules, the report said.

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