Muslims in the UAE will begin fasting for the holy month of Ramadan on Monday June 6, the country’s moon-sighting committee has confirmed.
“The holy month of Ramadan in the UAE for the Hijri year 1437 will begin tomorrow, Monday, June 6, 2016,” said a statement by the committee yesterday.
Minister of Justice and chairman of the moon sighting committee Sultan bin Saeed Al Badi said the decision was made following an investigation and talks with neighbouring countries.
To mark the holy month, UAE President Sheikh Khalifa, Vice President and Ruler of Dubai Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid and Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the Armed Forces Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed sent cables to other Arab countries.
In the messages they wished continued good health to the leaders and prosperity for their countries.
From Monday, working hours for public sector employees in the UAE will be 9am to 2pm.
Private sector employees will have their working hours reduced by two hours during the holy month, which is expected to end on July 6 or 7.
This year Ramadan falls during the school exam period, meaning many students will be sitting A Levels and other exams while fasting.