May 17 is being touted as the most likely date for the Holy Month to start.

Ramadan looks set to begin in just over nine weeks, according to the Sharjah Centre for Astronomy and Space Sciences.

The Holy Month is most likely to start on Thursday May 17, the centre stated on social media, with the first day of Eid Al Fitr—which marks the end of Ramadan—predicted to fall on June 15.

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The fasting period is expected to last 13 hours and 25 minutes at the beginning of the month, according to Ibrahim Al Jarwan, deputy director general of the Sharjah Center for Space and Astronomy.

The length of fasting will reach 15 hours by the end of Ramadan, he added, according to Gulf Business.


The dates, however, will be officially confirmed by the UAE’s moon-sighting committee nearer the time.

Ramadan always last for 29 or 30 days every year, during which private sector workers are entitled to work two hours less per day.

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We will, of course, keep you updated with all the confirmed dates as they’re released by the UAE government.

But in the meantime, here are the rest of the key dates and public holidays to know for 2018…

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