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UAE confirms first official day of Ramadan

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It’s official, the first day of Ramadan starts tomorrow, Saturday, May 27. The UAE Moon Sighting Committee has confirmed the news.

His Highness Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed Al Maktoum, Crown Prince of Dubai, celebrated the news by wishing his millions of followers a Ramadan Kareem on Instagram.

#Ramadan Kareem مبارك عليكم الشهر

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The sacred month falls on the ninth month of the Islamic Calendar as this is when the Holy Quran was first revealed to Prophet Muhammad (PBUH).

The Holy Month will end when the first crescent of the new moon is sighted again, marking Eid Al Fitr. This year, Eid Al Fitr is expected to fall around Saturday, June 24.

During this month, healthy Muslims across the globe fast from sunset to sundown, refrain from expressing negative thoughts or words about others, and give back to the less fortunate.

Under Article 65 of the UAE Labour Law, working hours are reduced by two hours for Muslims and non-Muslim employees during Ramadan regardless of whether it is indoor or outdoor work. Salaries remain unchanged during the Holy Month.

It is important to note that companies working in Dubai’s Free Zones are considered independent and therefore follow their own policies regarding Ramadan timings.

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