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Ramadan in UAE to start on May 17, says astronomer


DUBAI – The start of Ramadan in the UAE will fall on May 17 (Thursday), according to the UAE Moon Sighting Committee on Tuesday (May 15).

Although the committee was unable to sight the moon, with May 16 as the last day of Shaaban, it has been officially announced that Ramadan will start on Thursday.

A similar announcement was made in Oman, Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, Egypt, Jordan and Lebanon where it has been officially declared that Ramadan will start on May 17.

Earlier in May, Ebrahim Al Jarwan, General Supervisor at Sharjah Planetarium, forecast that May 17 is the probable date is based on astronomical calculations.

Jarwan also said the crescent will be formed on Tuesday (May 15) but that the moon will not be visible in the UAE at this time.

Al Jarwan said, however, that the crescent will be significantly visible after sunset on Wednesday, “making the first day of Ramadan on Thursday.”

Fajr prayer will be at 4.05am on the first day of Ramadan, with Magrib at 6:58pm.

Muslims are expected to fast for more than 15 hours this Ramadan. GAD/Expat Media


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