CAIRO: The purchase of alcoholic drinks will be temporarily halted on Sunday due to the religious holiday of Shabaan in the Islamic calendar, Youm7 reported.
Licenses provided to venues that offer alcoholic drinks stipulate that they cannot sell alcohol on religious occasions. Night clubs and alcoholic beverage stores are included in the decision, as well as hotels.
The mid-month of Shabaan is a spiritual occasion for Muslims where it is recommended to fast.
Alcoholic beverage stores are closed every year for 29-30 days during the holy month of Ramadan, which begins this year on June 6. They are closed on several other occasions, such as the celebration of Prophet Mohamed’s birth.