Egypt’s tourism police to close night clubs, alcoholic beverage stores in Ramadan
A Palestinian man hangs decorations for the upcoming holy month of Ramadan outside his home in Jerusalem's Old City

CAIRO: Night clubs and alcoholic beverage stores will be closed through the holy month of Ramadan, the ninth month of Islamic Colander when Muslims worldwide abstain from eating and drinking from dawn to dusk, Egyptian Tourism police director Ahmed Mostafa Shaheen told Youm7 Saturday.

The decision came in light of the police’s regulations concerning the closure of alcoholic beverage stores during Islamic occasions every year, he added.

Following the month of Ramadan, lines of people gather outside these stores to buy drinks they have not been able to purchase for a month. In Cairo and Giza, there are some 450 licensed night clubs and alcoholic beverage stores.

The latest closure was applied May 22 on occasion of the mid-month of Shabaan, the eighth month of the Islamic calendar, a spiritual day in which Muslims are recommended to fast.

Egypt’s Dar al-Iftaa, the Sunni body concerned with issuing fatwas and religious opinions and recommendations, has organized a celebration to observe the moon, marking the beginning of Ramadan expected Monday or Tuesday. By the appearance of the crescent moon of Ramadan, Muslims all over the world should fast.

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