Thursday, 10 May 2018

International SOS gives Ramadhan advice

International SOS is raising health and travel awareness among organisations around the world regarding Ramadhan, which is expected to start mid-May and end around mid-June. Fasting hours during Ramadhan this year will average around 13 hours in Dubai, UAE and 12 hours in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

International SOS Medical Director Dr Issam Badaoui said: “Each year, we remind organisations and fasting individuals that there are simple steps they can take to ensure they have a healthy, productive month. Practically, the advice we offer should be applied throughout the year, as part of a balanced, active lifestyle, and the good news is we are noticing a growing interest in both nutrition and exercise.

"At International SOS, we are keen to champion wellness and ultimately contribute to the prevention of avoidable, lifestyle-related noncommunicable diseases such as type 2 diabetes - and what better time to encourage the adoption of sustainable, wholesome habits than during the holy month of Ramadhan.”

International SOS’s top five tips for employees observing the fast this Ramadhan are:

1. Do not skimp on rest and sleep

2. Stagger your hydration

3. Beware excess salt and sugar

4. Do more in the morning

5. Don’t stop exercising

In addition, individuals suffering from chronic illnesses should consult their doctors on how to manage regular medication and to ensure it is safe for them to fast. International SOS also reminds its travelling members and employees going on business trips to Muslim countries to be mindful of the following public and business etiquette tips:

1. Do not eat, drink or smoke in public

2. Dress modestly

3. Be mindful of workplace etiquette, particularly of business hours and not having meetings around lunch or coffee

4. Check food and entertainment schedules

5. Respect local public etiquette


Get country-specific advice about business travel