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This is when we’ll find out the start of Eid

Dying to know whether you’ll have tomorrow off work? Us too.

Unfortunately we won’t officially find out until later this evening, when a moon-sighting committee will convene and settle upon the official start of Shawwal.

The panel, chaired by Minister of Justice Sultan bin Saeed Al Badi, will come together in Abu Dhabi after Maghrib prayers to announce the start of Eid Al Fitr.

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All the Sharia courts across the UAE have been asked to look out for the crescent moon and to inform the committee.

Tuesday July 5 has been predicted as the final day of Ramadan, which would mean private sector workers will get Wednesday 6 and Thursday 7 off.

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Should today instead be declared the end of Ramadan, you won’t need to set your alarm – you’ll get tomorrow and Wednesday 6 out of the office.

The announcement is expected to be made at around 9pm, so you’ll have to stay up to find out the decision.

Those in the government and public sector have already been given Sunday July 3 to Sunday July 10 off, meaning they’ll get five paid working days off.

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The start of Shawwal marks the end of the holy month of Ramadan, during which Muslims fast during daylight hours, while Eid Al Fitr is the month of charity, where Muslims pay it forward to those less fortunate.

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