Ramadan 2019: Astronomers predict when the Holy Month will fall this year
Ramadan may not yet be on Ahlan!'s radar, but estimations have already begun as to when the Holy Month will fall in 2019.
The first day of Ramadan is traditionally marked by the sighting of the crescent moon with the naked eye and is officially announced by the moon-sighting committee in Saudi Arabia.
Ebrahim Al Jarwan, General Supervisor at Sharjah Planetariumm, predicts Ramadan in the UAE will most likely fall on Monday, May 6.
It’s set to be the shortest fasting period in four years for UAE residents, as Ebrahim said Muslims will be fasting for 13 hours and 10 minutes (it's usually 15 hours or more) during the first week of Ramadan, and will gradually extend to 13 hours and 40 minutes by the end of the month.
During Ramadan, working hours are reduced by two hours in the UAE and school timings are also reduced. Meanwhile, motorists usually get advantage of free parking during prayer times from 6pm to 8pm.