Eid Al Fitr 2018: UAE astronomer predicts end of Ramadan

The last day of Ramadan is likely to fall on June 14

The first day of Eid Al Fitr is likely to fall on Friday, June 15, a local astronomer has predicted.

Based on that, the holy month of Ramadan, which began on Thursday, May 17, is expected to run for 29 days this year.

Ebrahim Al Jarwan, general supervisor at Sharjah Planetarium, told local daily Gulf News that he will begin observing the night sky from June 13 to spot the new moon. “But we expect to definitely see it after the sunset of June 14,” he added.

The sighting of the crescent marks the end of Ramadan – when Muslims fast from sunrise to sunset – and the start of the Shawwal month.

Both public and private sector staff work shorter days for the duration of Ramadan as many employees are fasting.

All employees in the UAE also receive two to three days off to celebrate Eid Al Fitr.

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