A moon-sighting committee will meet that evening.

The beginning of the Holy Month is fast approaching, and from the looks of things, we’ll know when Ramadan will start this Tuesday evening.

What’s On Dubai reports that a moon-sighting committee will meet after Maghreb prayers just following sunset that night, and if they spot a crescent moon, Ramadan will begin the next morning on Wednesday May 16.

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Previous predictions have had the Holy Month starting on May 17, and Oman has already confirmed that will be the first day in that country.

 

Back in March, Ibrahim Al Jarwan of the Sharjah Centre for Space and Astronomy said we could expect the fasting period to last 13 hours and 25 minutes at the beginning of Ramadan.

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The length of fasting will reach 15 hours by the end of Ramadan, he added, according to Gulf Business. Since this year’s Ramadan begins before the summer solstice, the fasting period will get longer as the month goes on.

That hasn’t happened for 18 years, The National reported.

Eid Al Adha would probably begin on August 22, The National said. Earlier reports had Ramadan starting on May 15.

Ramadan lasts 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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