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UAE sets up moon-sighting committee to confirm end of Ramadan

UAE's Minister of Justice issues decision setting up a moon-sighting committee to detect the beginning of the month of Shawwal, which will mark the start of the Eid holiday

UAE sets up moon-sighting committee to confirm end of Ramadan
A moon-sighting committee will detect the beginning of the month of Shawwal, which will mark the end of Ramadan.

Sultan bin Saeed Al Badi Al Dhaheri, the UAE's Minister of Justice, has issued a decision setting up a moon-sighting committee to detect the beginning of the month of Shawwal, which will mark the end of Ramadan and start of Eid al-Fitr.

The committee will hold a meeting under the chairmanship of the Justice Minister along with a number of senior officials, after Maghrib prayer on Monday at the Abu Dhabi Judicial Department.

The decision also calls on all Sharia courts across the country to look out for the crescent moon and inform the committee of any sightings, state news agency WAM reported.

On Sunday, the UAE's Ministry of Human Resources and Emiratisation announced that private sector workers will have four days for Eid Al Fitr this year, one day less than the public sector.

The holiday will start on June 3, end on either Thursday June 6, or Friday June 7, depending on moon-sighting.

Earlier, the UAE’s cabinet announced that public sector holidays for Eid Al Fitr will start on Sunday June 2.