UAE moon-sighting committee to meet on Monday

The committee will meet on Monday evening after Maghreb prayer

The United Arab Emirates has formed a moon-sighting committee that will meet on Monday, July 4 to witness the crescent moon.

UAE minister of Justice Sultan bin Saeed Al Badi will chair the committee, which will confirm the start of the month of Shawwal, marking Eid Al Fitr.

The committee will meet on Monday evening after Maghreb prayer at the Judiciary Department in Abu Dhabi.

All the Sharia courts across the country have been asked to look out for the crescent moon and inform the committee.

An announcement is expected around 9pm, according to reports.

The start of Shawwal marks the end of the holy month of Ramadan, during which Muslims fast from sunrise to sunset.

According to a local astronomer, Tuesday, July 5, is expected to be the final day of Ramadan this year, with the first day of Eid Al Fitr falling on Wednesday, July 6.

Read more: Eid Al Fitr 2016: UAE astronomer predicts end of Ramadan

Depending on the sighting of the new moon, private sector workers in the UAE could get a four-day weekend from July 6 to July 9.

Read more: Eid Al Fitr 2016: UAE private sector holidays announced

Public sector employees in the country are off from Sunday, July 3 to Saturday, July 9 for Eid. They will resume work from Sunday, July 10.

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