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First day of Ramadan will be Wednesday

Moon Sighting Committee says moon not seen on Monday; UAE rulers order release of 1,600 prisoners

First day of Ramadan will be Wednesday

The Moon Sighting Committee announced on Monday night that the holy month of Ramadan will start on Wednesday.

A statement published by news agency WAM read: "The moon sighting committee has announced that tomorrow, Tuesday July 9, will be the 30th day of the month of Sha'aban. Accordingly, Wednesday July 10 will be the first day of the holy month of Ramadan."

The High Judiciary Council of Saudi Arabia also issued a statement to confirm the first day of Ramadan.

Separately, nearly 1,600 prisoners in the UAE are to be released on the orders of UAE President Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan and Dubai ruler Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum.

Sheikh Khalifa has ordered the release of 973 prisoners on advent of the Holy Month of Ramadan while Sheikh Mohammed has released another 625, news agency WAM reported.

It added that Sheikh Khalifa has also pledged to settle all the prisoners' financial commitments resulting from their court cases.

"The release comes as part of the President's keenness to give the inmates a chance to resume new life and ease suffering of their families," said a statement published by WAM.

In Dubai, Sheikh Mohammed has instructed the Attorney General of Dubai, Essam Eisa Al Humaidan, to implement the orders.

Al Humaidan said Dubai Public Prosecution and Dubai Police have already started the procedures for the immediate release of the pardoned inmates.

He said that they will re-united with their families in the UAE or abroad on the first day of Ramadan without giving any details of the prisoners being released.

Earlier on Monday, Dubai announced the official working hours for public sector departments during the holy month of Ramadan.

Dubai Municipality and Sharjah Municipality officials said working hours for government departments and centres will be from 9am to 2pm. However, Abu Dhabi Municipality offices will remain open from 9am to 3pm.

Public paid parking will also run from 8am to 1pm, and 7pm to 12am in Sharjah and Dubai, the officials said. The Department of Transport in Abu Dhabi confirmed paid parking timings during the holy month will be from 10.30pm to 2.30 am, and from 9am to 4pm.

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Judith DeMello 7 years ago

Wishing all the Muslims and Happy & Holy month of Ramadan. May Allah grant them good health and happiness.

Syed 7 years ago

@Judith, Thanks a million for the greetings and wishes, May your tribe and like minded people like you increase. We need people with such mindsets to promote interfaith and communal harmony.