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UAE Anticipates Ramadan 2024 Dates and Eid Al Fitr Break

Anticipated Start of Ramadan

The holy month of Ramadan in 2024 is expected to commence on Tuesday, March 12, based on astronomical calculations shared by Khadijah Ahmad, Operations Manager of the Dubai Astronomy Group. The duration of fasting is projected to span 30 days, potentially leading to a six-day holiday for residents to celebrate Eid Al Fitr.

Moon Sighting Tradition

The determination of the actual dates for Ramadan and Eid Al Fitr in the UAE relies on the sighting of the crescent moon, a practice deeply ingrained in the Islamic Hijri calendar. The UAE’s Moon sighting committee is set to meet on March 10 to confirm the start of Ramadan based on the crescent moon sighting.

Duration of Ramadan and Eid Al Fitr Holidays

With Ramadan expected to end on Wednesday, April 10, the UAE government has announced holidays for both public and private sectors from Ramadan 29 to Shawwal 3, allowing residents to observe Eid Al Fitr. The corresponding dates on the Gregorian calendar span from April 9 to April 13, offering a six-day break inclusive of the weekend.

Impact of Solar Eclipse on Moon Sighting

A total solar eclipse scheduled for April 8 has raised concerns about its potential impact on moon sighting for Eid Al Fitr. While the eclipse itself may not directly affect moon visibility, it could influence viewing conditions in certain regions, posing challenges for observers.

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