Ramadan 2018 to begin in UAE on May 17

It starts an important time of year

Ramadan

It's official - Ramadan will begin in the UAE on Thursday, May 17.

The news was announced following a meeting of the country's moon-sighting committee last night (Tuesday).

Sultan Saeed Al Badi Al Dhaheri, Minister of Justice and chairman of the Judiciary Department, said: "After investigation and following the legal ways of proof and communications with neighbouring countries, where the holy month's crescent moon was not sighted tonight (Tuesday), it has been decided that tomorrow, Wednesday, completes the month of Sha'ban — and Thursday is the first day of Ramadan."

The Holy Month is the ninth month of the Islamic calendar and is traditionally a time for fasting, prayer, reflection and charity.

Private and public sector workers will have their usual working hours reduced during this important time of year.

More: Free parking hours during Ramadan in Abu Dhabi announced

Public sector employees will work from 9am until 2pm across the UAE, while private sector hours have been shortened by two hours.

For more on Ramadan in Abu Dhabi, check out our dedicated section here.

You can find articles on things such as the best Ramadan tents to try, or a round-up of great Iftars in the capital.

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