You can (tentatively) mark your calendars now…
Astronomers have started making their predictions for the end of Ramadan, and it looks like Eid Al Fitr will fall on June 15.
That would see the Holy Month last for 29 days this year.
Sharjah astronomer Ebrahim Al Jarwan told Gulf News he would be looking out for the crescent moon from the evening of June 13.
“[But] we expect to definitely see it after the sunset of June 14,” which would make the following day the first of Eid Al Fitr.
June 15 is a Friday this year, so that might limit the number of days off we get due to the holiday, but that will all be confirmed closer to the time. It typically means two days off work.
That crescent moon will mark the end of fasting for observant Muslims, and the beginning of the month of Shawwal.
It will also mean a return to a full working day in the UAE, where all workers, fasting or not, are entitled to work two hours less per day during Ramadan.
Apart from anything else, it’s probably about time to get shopping for your Eid Al Fitr gifts — and planning your long weekend travel.
We’ll bring you some suggestions for both of those in the coming days.
In the mean time, perhaps you’d like to check out the full list of holidays still left to celebrate in the UAE for 2018?
And of course, we’ll keep you up to date on the moon sighting committee’s decisions.