It's confirmed, there'll be a long weekend thanks to Eid
Those of you that had your fingers crossed for the first day of Eid Al Fitr falling on Wednesday 6 July, your wish has been granted.
The end of Ramadan has officially been declared as Tuesday 5 July, meaning that private sector workers will get a four-day weekend, from tomorrow through to Saturday 9 July.
Public and government sector employees began their break earlier this week, being given a full five paid days out of the office to celebrate the start of Shawwal.
A moon-sighting committee, chaired by Minister of Justice Sultan bin Saeed Al Badi, congregated in Abu Dhabi on Monday evening following Maghrib prayers.
The crescent moon had not been sighted, Sultan Al Badi said, with UAE, Saudi and Qatari officials confirming Eid’s start date shortly after 9pm.
#UAE declares Wednesday first day of Eid Al-Fitr
— Dubai Media Office (@DXBMediaOffice) July 4, 2016
“#UAE declares Wednesday first day of Eid Al-Fitr,” the Dubai Media Office tweeted on Monday evening.
The decision falls in line with predictions that Ramadan would end on Tuesday 5 July, as the moon would set seven minutes before the sun.
The timings for Eid Al Fitr prayers have been also been announced, and will be held at 6am in Dubai.
They will be performed at Zabeel Mosque by HH Sheikh Mohammed, Vice President of the UAE and ruler of Dubai, who will then receive Eid well-wishers at Zabeel Grand Palace shortly afterwards.
Eid prayer in Abu Dhabi will be held at 5.51am by His Highness Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces, while prayers in Sharjah will take place at 5.52am., led by HH Sultan bin Mohammed Al Qasimi.
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.