Staff Writer15 May 2018 AT 08:16 PM

The first official day of Ramadan in the UAE has been announced

Saudi Moon Sighting Committee has confirmed the news
Staff Writer15 May 2018 AT 08:16 PM
Dubai, News, Ramadan
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Dubai, News, Ramadan
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The Holy Month of Ramadan in the UAE will begin on Thursday, May 17.

The announcement was made after the Saudi moon-sighting committee met earlier this evening and were unable to sight the Ramadan crescent.

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.

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 during the Holy Month will remain unchanged.

The only exception to the reduced working hours are those who work in DIFC. As the area is it governed by a different law, shorter working hours are only available to those who fast.

"During the Holy month of Ramadan, an employee who observes the fast shall not be required to work in excess of six hours a day. There shall be no reduction in compensation as a result,” the DIFC labour law states.

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