Ramadan has officially been called for June 29 and will run for exactly one month, to July 29.
The first day of the Muslim holy month was announced by the Sharjah Planetarium at the Department of Culture and Information on the morning of June 18. The early reveal came as a result of the Planetarium discovering the Ramadan crescent moon will form on June 27.
Ramadan is the ninth month of the Islamic calendar, when Muslims fast from sunrise to sunset. Fasting hours this year are expected to last up to 15 hours and 15 minutes at any given time during the month, though due to the sun’s movement in the sky, it could be slightly less, around 14 hours and 55 minutes by the end of the month.
The first day of Eid Al Fitr as well as the first day of Shawwal, the tenth month in the lunar Islamic calendar, are expected to be on July 29.
In preparation for the Holy month, police in Sharjah have prepared 12 Ramadan cannons that will be operational at sunset to notify the breaking of the fast.
Other dates include Arafat Day on October 3, Eid Al Adha on October 4 and Hijri New Year on October 25. National Day will also be celebrated on December 2 and 3.