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It’s official: The UAE’s Moon-Sighting Committee has announced the Muslim holy month of Ramadan will begin from 6th May.

Ramadan begins on 6th May in UAE

Predictions have been coming in for Ramadan’s starting date by astronomers, stating 5th and 6th May as the start. Today, the UAE sent a Moon Sighting Committee to spot the crescent moon, and they’ve officially announced the holy month begins on 6th May. The month-long festival will go on till the first week of June, followed by Eid Al Fitr.

Working hours for public and private sector announced

Ahead of Ramadan, the Federal Authority for Government Human Resources (FAHR) announced public sector employees work from 9 am-2 pm, while the Ministry of Human Resources and Emiratisation (MOHRE) announced working hours for employees in the private sector to be reduced by two hours.

Thousands of prisoners pardoned ahead of Ramadan

In time for the holy month, UAE President His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan ordered for the release of 3,005 prisoners and pledged to settle their financial obligations to help them start a new life. The generous move followed by Ruler of Dubai, UAE Prime Minister & Vice President His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum pardoning 587 prisoners in Dubai and His Highness Sheikh Sultan bin Muhammad Al Qasimi, Ruler of Sharjah, pardoning 377 prisoners in Sharjah.

Photograph credit: WAM

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