The announcement was made after the UAE's Moon sighting committee convened on Thursday
Ramadan will begin on Friday, April 24, UAE authorities have announced.
The announcement was made after the UAE’s moonsighting committee convened on Thursday evening following prayer.
The committee's announcement was Tweeted by the UAE's state-run WAM news agency.
With the announcement, Muslims across the country will fast from dawn to dusk until Eid celebrations marking the end of the holy month.
To mark the occasion, Dubai Ruler and UAE Vice President and Prime Minister Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum tweeted a Ramadan message to the people of the UAE.
"I wish All around the world a blessed Ramadan. May it bring us good health, prosperity and peace. Together, we will lead our world towards the better," he said.
On behalf of people and residents in the UAE, I wish All around the world a blessed Ramadan. May it bring us good health, prosperity and peace. Together, we will lead our world towards the better.— HH Sheikh Mohammed (@HHShkMohd) April 23, 2020
Earlier this week, the government announced that federal and ministerial staff across the UAE will work five-hour days during this year’s Ramadan.
The Federal Authority for Government Human Resources (FAHR) announced the working hours on Sunday ahead of Ramadan, which is expected to start on April 24.
In a posting on social media FAHR announced that work for all ministries and federal entities will commence at 9am and run through to 2pm, although “those whose job nature demands working extra hours”, will be exempt from the timings.