Eid al-Fitr holiday for UAE private sector announced

Eid al-Fitr holiday for UAE private sector announced

The month-long Ramadan fasting ends with the sighting of the crescent moon in the sky and culminate the celebrations of Eid ul-Fitr.

The Islamic holy month of fasting is the first and only day in the month of Shawwal during which Muslims are not permitted to fast. They are also expected to abstain from worldly desires and offer special prayers.

But the Eid holidays will be extended by a day to next Monday if Ramadan lasts 30 days.

In several countries, the festival of breaking fast will be celebrated on Friday, June 15, while in other countries it will be celebrated on June 14.

Schools across Dubai will close from Thursday for the Eid Al Fitr holiday.

Beside the Central Ruet-e-Hial Committee, zonal committees will hold meetings in major cities of the country to collect evidence regarding the sighting of Shawal moon. According to astronomical parameters, there is a "slight" chance of sighting the new moon on Thursday. There are, however, exceptions, as some sects have more strict rules to establish that the moon has been sighted and rely on individual testimony than the scientific methods.

If Ramadan ends at 29 days and Eid falls on Friday, private sector firms will be closed until Saturday, with work resuming on Sunday.