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First day of Ramadan in UAE announced

The UAE Ramadan Moon Sighting Committee must still confirm the date

First day of Ramadan in UAE announced
(Sanjay Kanojia/AFP/Getty Images)

The Islamic Crescents Observation Project (ICOP) on Sunday said the first day of Ramadan will fall on Saturday (May 27).

Mohamed Shawkat Odeh, director of the centre, said May 26 will be the last day of Shaaban because the moon will be impossible to see on May 25, before sunset in all Muslim countries, according to state news agency WAM.

He added that most Muslim countries will explore the crescent of Ramadan on May 26, 29 Sha'ban. He pointed out that the vision of the crescent on this day is possible with the naked eye easily in the Americas and the South and West of Africa. This includes Sudan, Somalia, Mauritania, Morocco and parts of Algeria. While his vision will be possible with the naked eye but with difficulty in the rest of the Arab countries and Southeast Asia.

He said that given the possibility of seeing the crescent on Friday in most countries of the world -- whether naked eye or telescope -- it is expected that all Muslim countries will announce the first day of Ramadan as being Saturday, WAM said.

The UAE Ramadan Moon Sighting Committee is yet to make any announcement.