Ramadan 2019 dates for UAE to be announced today

The moon sighting committee will meet on Sunday evening

Ramadan 2019 dates for UAE to be announced today

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The official Ramadan 2019 dates for the UAE will be announced this evening.

The UAE moon sighting committee will meet after sunset and make an announcement at that point.

If the crescent moon is sighted by the officials, then Ramadan will begin this evening – but astronomical experts have already said that looks unlikely.

Indeed, Saudi Arabia last night announced that the period will begin tomorrow (Monday May 6), and it's likely that officials here will come to the same conclusion.

Each year, the start and end of Ramadan are announced following observations by religious experts.

They are subject to change because the dates are determined by the sighting of a new moon.

Ramadan is a special time in the Islamic Calendar, when Muslims fast (also known as sawm) from sunrise to sunset for approximately 30 days. Doing so is one of the five pillars of Islam.

Working hours will be reduced by two hours during Ramadan and the school day is generally shortened to five hours.

During Ramadan, it is important to be aware of some key cultural considerations, because many people will be fasting from sunrise to sunset.

For non-Muslims who are not participating in fasting, the key things to remember during this important time are to dress appropriately and avoid eating, drinking, smoking or chewing gum in public during daylight hours.

If an individual wants to eat or drink in daylight hours during Ramadan it has to be done indoors and out of sight or in designated screened-off areas within public places.

Many restaurants will be operating on different hours or will have special screened-off areas.

For more detailed advice on Ramadan etiquette, have a read of our Ramadan guide, and start planning your planning your iftars and suhoors across the city.

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