Safety Updates: May 2018

May 11

  On May 14, 2018, the U.S. Embassy will open in Jerusalem following the December 2017 announcement by U.S. President Donald Trump, recognizing Jerusalem as the capital of Israel. Many countries are preparing for protests related to the embassy opening. Related protests were held across Europe in December after the decision to move the embassy in Israel from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem was announced. Patterns indicate that likely areas for unrest include U.S. and Israeli diplomatic missions and main squares.    Middle East and North Africa:  In Jordan, a gathering will begin at 16.00 (local time… Read more

May 8

The Muslim holy month of Ramadan begins on Tuesday, May 15 and will end on Thursday, June 14 (these dates can vary slightly between countries and branches of Islam). During this time, more than 1.5 billion Muslims around the world will mark the month, during which believers abstain from eating, drinking, smoking and having marital relations from dawn until sunset. During this period, meetings may be difficult to secure or cancelled at short notice, though in most cases, businesses catering to foreigners will remain operational during daylight hours. In Muslim-minority countries, certain… Read more