Ramadan 2019 dates announced for the UAE

The important period will officially start on Monday May 6

Ramadan 2019 dates announced for the UAE

The Ramadan 2019 dates for the UAE have been officially announced following a meeting of the moon-sighting committee.

It has now been confirmed that the period will officially begin on Monday May 6.

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.

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.

Many restaurants will be operating 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 iftars and suhoors across the city.

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