As the UAE – and the entire globe – continues to battle the COVID-19 pandemic, restrictions have been announced in Dubai as Ramadan approaches.

Per Gulf News, it was announced by the Islamic Affairs and Charitable Activities Department (IACAD) in Dubai, with the advice from the government, that permits for Ramadan tents have been suspended this year due to COVID-19.

Under directions and guidance from the government, the cancellation of the permits is to steer clear of any large gatherings taking place during Ramadan.

During Holy Month, tents are normally assembled outside mosques in order to provide a place for people to gather to enjoy meals during Iftar.

However, due to the current circumstances, this is on hold this year.

When is Ramadan and Eid Al Fitr in the UAE?

The predicted dates for Ramadan an Eid Al Fitr were announced back in January, per UAE Barq. Ibrahim Al-Jarwan, who is a member of the Arab Union for Astronomy and Space Sciences, estimated when the crescent will appear to mark the beginning of Ramadan.

Al-Jarwan expects the Ramadan crescent to be born on Monday, April 12, 2021 at 06:31pm UAE time. The holy month of Ramadan would then begin the next day on Tuesday, April 13.

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However, these dates are only predictions at present and the firm dates will be announced by the UAE government.

Eid Al Fitr then falls on the last day of the Islamic month of Ramadan to Shawwal 3. It’s been predicted that Eid al Fitr could fall on May 13, a Thursday, which would mean a potential three-day weekend.

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