Ramadan start date will likely be announced tonight

If a crescent moon is seen, Ramadan will begin tomorrow…

Ramadan will begin tomorrow – Wednesday, May 16 – if a new crescent moon is sighted tonight.

The UAE’s Minister of Justice has ordered the establishment of a moon sighting committee which will declare the start date of the holy month.

The committee is set to meet in Abu Dhabi after Maghreb prayers (just after sunset) tonight. Should the crescent be spotted, it will mean tomorrow is the first day of Ramadan.

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All Sharia courts in the country have been asked to participate in the moon sighting and inform the committee of any findings.

The Sharjah Centre for Astronomy and Space Sciences previously advised that Ramadan in the UAE looked set to begin on Thursday, May 17. Oman has already declared that Ramadan will begin on that date.

Working hours for all employees will be reduced by two hours during Ramadan, while the school day is reduced to five hours.

We will of course let you know as soon as it’s official – but it looks like we should know for sure very soon…

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