Official announcement: Ramadan 2019 will begin on May 6 in the UAE


May 05, 2019


We can now officially confirm the Ramadan start date in the UAE


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By Gulf News


Dubai – We can now confirm that Ramadan will start on Monday, May 6 for UAE residents.

The Ramadan Moon Sighting Committee met on Sunday after Maghreb prayers, under the chairmanship of Sultan Bin Saeed Al Badi Al Dhaheri, Minister of Justice.

While Saudi Arabia had earlier issued May 6 as the starting date there, official confirmation by the moon-sighting committee of the UAE is what makes things official for residents here. Other countries may differ in start and end dates for Ramadan based on differing sightings of the crescent moon.

Ramadan is usually observed for 29 or 30 days; the end date will be announced by the moon-sighting committee upon sighting the crescent moon – marking Eid Al Fitr. Public and private sector employees in the country could get upto five days off in celebration of Eid.

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