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Ramadan 2020: All you need to know about this year's Holy Month

22 Apr 2020

The committee will meet on Thursday to announce the date

The Holy Month of Ramadan is nearly upon us, with the dates of the beginning to be announced on Thursday. The moon committee will meet to look for the crescent moon, and announce the sighting.  

It's expected that Ramadan will begin on Friday, April 24 2020. 

While lock-down measures will remain in place for COVID-19 for the next week, iftar delivery options are available from food outlets. 

The Ramadan cannons will be televised to mark iftar but will not be available for public viewing in person, as measures to reduce the spread of COVID-19. 

Working hours for the federal sector (public) have been confirmed as 9am-2pm daily. It's expected that private sector will be a reduction of two hours per day from normal working hours. 

MALLS AND GATHERINGS 

A circular has also been issued to malls and outlets that Dubai Economic Development is going to allow malls to open and operate at 30% capacity. 

They have been closed as per the COVID-19 precautions, however it's reported that malls will soon be allowed to open, including food and beverage outlets each day, with social distancing in place. 

It's also believed that gatherings of less than 10 people will be allowed with families, in homes. The official announcement has yet to be made, but a directive has been issued to businesses.