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UAE residents to enjoy shorter fasting hours and six-day break for Eid-Al-Fitr

Fasting hours will be shorter in 2024 compared to 2023

Only 90 days separate the United Arab Emirates from the Islamic month of Ramadan. Considered the holiest month in Islam, Ramadan involves Muslims fasting from dawn to dusk. Life, in general, slows down across the country, with reduced office hours and a general spiritual atmosphere prevailing.

Ramadan is the ninth month of the Islamic calendar. Like all months of the Hijri calendar, its beginning is determined by the moment the crescent moon is seen. Although the actual dates are subject to moon sightings and will be announced by authorities, astronomical calculations can predict the most likely dates quite accurately.

When will Ramadan 2024 start? What will the weather be like then?

According to the Hijri calendar published in the Dubai Department of Islamic Affairs and Charitable Activities (IACAD), Ramadan will begin on Tuesday, March 12, 2024. The temperatures at that time will be cool as it is the beginning of the spring season in the UAE. Schools will be closed during the spring break or end of term break at that same time.

What will be the duration of the fast?

Fasting hours will be shorter in 2024 than in 2023.

On the first day of the holy month, Muslims will abstain from eating and drinking for 13 hours and 16 minutes. By the end of the month, your fasting hours will have reached almost 14 hours. In 2023, fasting hours ranged from 13 hours and 33 minutes to 14 hours and 16 minutes.

When will Ramadan end?

According to the IACAD calendar, the sacred month is expected to have 29 days, with the last day of fasting being Tuesday, April 9th.

When is Eid Al Fitr 2024?

The Islamic festival Eid Al Fitr is celebrated after the month of fasting. In 2024, the festival will offer the longest official break for residents. The government has specified that 29 Ramadan to 3 Shawwal will be a holiday. According to the calendar, the corresponding Gregorian calendar dates are: Tuesday, April 9 to Friday, April 12. If you take into account the weekend from Saturday to Sunday, it is a six-day break.

News Source: Khaleej Times

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