Ramadan 2018 will begin on Thursday 17th May

Ramadan lanternsThe start date for Ramadan 2018 has been announced by UAE officials.

After the Abu Dhabi-based moon sighting committee announced that the Ramadan crescent hadn’t been sighted on Tuesday (15th May), it was determined that the Ramadan begins in the UAE on Thursday (17th May).

The committee responsible for calling the start of the holy month use a mixture of traditional and scientific methods for establishing that the moon is in the correct crescent phase. In the UAE, telescopes are used in the initial observations, before closer scrutiny is applied with the human eye.

News Agency confirmed late Tuesday night: “Wednesday 16th of May 2018 completes the month of Sha’ban 1439 AH, and Thursday is the first day of the holy month.”

During Ramadan, the UAE government has reduced the working day for all private sector employees by two hours.

To ensure we behave respectfully during Ramadan, and to help us look after ourselves so that we remain fit and healthy whether fasting or not – we have compiled a series of guides to help you get the most out of this month, in the ways Ramadan is important to you.

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