Here's what you need to know about this year’s Holy Month of Ramadan in the UAE
12 March 2018| Last updated on 14 November 2018
It has been announced that this year’s Holy Month of Ramadan is likely to fall on Thursday 17th May, according to Ibrahim Al Jarwan, Deputy Director General of the Sharjah Centre for Astronomy and Space Sciences. As the month of fasting is predicted to end on 15th June, which will mark the first day of Eid Al Fitr.
Although we wouldn’t put in the date in your calendar just yet, as the official dates for Ramadan 2018 will be confirmed by the UAE’s moon-sighting committee closer to the time. Still, based on astronomical charts you can expect the Holy Month to begin on May 17th with a fasting period of 13hours 25 minutes at the beginning of the month and 15 hours by the end of Ramadan.
Ramadan always lasts for 29 or 30 days each year, as here in the UAE private sector workers are entitled to work 2 hours less every day for the same pay. For expats living in Dubai and UAE it's especially important to know the Do's and Don'ts that should be respected over Ramadan, as our non-Muslim guide to Ramadan can also prepare you for the Holy Month likely to start on 17th May –which is just nine weeks away!
What is Ramadan?
Ramadan takes place in the ninth month of the Islamic lunar calendar and is observed by Muslims around the world as one of the holiest times in the Islamic year. During the month of Ramadan all healthy Muslims abstain from food and drink between sunrise and sunset, which is called fasting. As one of the five pillars of Islam, fasting is a significant foundation of the Muslim religion and is also considered a time for prayer, reflection, cleansing and a renewed devotion to charity.
Our EW Ramadan Guide offers more information on Ramadan and gives an insight into the Holy Month of fasting.