A moon-sighting committee has been formed in the UAE to witness the crescent moon on Monday, July 4, which will confirm the beginning of the month of Shawwal, marking the start of Eid Al Fitr.

The group will be chaired by the UAE Minister of Justice Sultan bin Saeed Al Badi.

An announcement is expected to come in around 9pm tonight, with all the Sharia courts across the UAE having been asked to look out for the crescent moon and to inform the moon-sighting committee.

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Shawwal marks the end of Ramadan and the beginning of Eid Al Fitr – the month where Muslims give charity to those less fortunate as well as celebrate with family and friends the completion of the past month of blessings and joy.

July 5 is expected to be the final day of Ramadan this year, with the first day of Eid Al Fitr looking to fall on Wednesday, July 6.

Depending on when the crescent moon is sighted will decide whether private sector workers in the UAE will receive a four-day weekend from July 6 to July 9.

Public sector holidays have already been announced, with employees being given time off from Sunday, July 3 to Saturday, July 9 – with work resuming as per usual on July 10.

Which ever day, Eid Al Fitr falls on we at Emirates Woman would love to wish all of our friends Eid Mubarak!

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