UAE moon sighting committee to meet on Monday to announce Eid
It’s still an extra-long holiday for both public and private sectors…
The UAE’s moon sighting committee will hold a meeting after maghrib prayers on Monday night (around 7.06pm) at the Abu Dhabi Judicial Department.
Sharia courts all over the country have also been called on to look out for the crescent moon and inform the committee of any sightings.
If the crescent moon is spotted on Monday night, Eid Al Fitr will begin on Tuesday June 4. If the new moon cannot be seen, Eid Al Fitr will by default begin on Wednesday June 5. An astronomer has already predicted that the crescent moon will not be sighted until Tuesday night.
Last week the UAE government announced the Eid Al Fitr holiday for the public sector will begin on Sunday June 2, with work resuming on Sunday June 9.
The UAE private sector will enjoy an extra-long weekend from Monday June 3 (Ramadan 29) until Shawwal 3, according to a circular from the Ministry of Human Resources and Emiratisation.
We won’t know until confirmation from the UAE Moon Sighting Committee on Monday night, if the last day of the holiday will fall on Thursday June 6 or Friday June 7, as this depends on the length of the holy month. Either way, for those that typically work Sunday to Thursday, work will resume on Sunday June 9 (though we recommend checking with your HR department to be on the safe side).