RAMADAN 2024 | In just few days, the United Arab Emirates (UAE) will enter the sacred month of Ramadan, the holiest period in Islam, during which Muslims observe fasting from sunrise to sunset. This spiritual month brings a noticeable deceleration of daily life throughout the country, marked by shortened office hours and a prevailing sense of spiritual reflection.
Ramadan, the ninth month in the Islamic calendar, commences based on the sighting of the crescent moon, as is the tradition for all months in the Hijri calendar. While specific dates are contingent on moon sightings and will be officially announced, astronomical calculations provide a reasonably accurate estimate.
Beginning of Ramadan 2024
Looking ahead to Ramadan 2024, the Dubai Islamic Affairs and Charitable Activities Department (IACAD) website indicates that it is expected to commence on Tuesday, March 12, 2024, according to the Hijri calendar. The weather during this period is anticipated to be cool, aligning with the onset of the spring season in the UAE. Concurrently, schools are likely to be closed for either the spring break or the end-of-term break.
Fasting hours During Ramadan
As the sacred month of Ramadan approaches in 2024, Muslims in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) prepare for a period of spiritual reflection, discipline, and fasting. The fasting hours on the first day of Ramadan are expected to span 13 hours and 16 minutes, gradually extending to almost 14 hours by the end of the month. This duration represents a notable increase from the fasting hours observed in 2023, ranging between 13 hours and 33 minutes to 14 hours and 16 minutes.
Final day of Fasting and EID al Fitr
The conclusion of Ramadan is a momentous event, and according to the Islamic Affairs and Charitable Activities Department (IACAD) calendar, the holy month is projected to encompass 29 days. The final day of fasting is anticipated to fall on Tuesday, April 9, 2024.
With the conclusion of Ramadan comes the joyous celebration of Eid Al Fitr, a significant Islamic festival. In 2024, this festive occasion promises the longest official break for residents in the UAE. The government has officially declared Ramadan 29 to Shawwal 3 as a public holiday. According to the calendar, these dates in the Gregorian calendar correspond to Tuesday, April 9, to Friday, April 12. Factoring in the usual Saturday-Sunday weekend, this results in an extended six-day break, allowing residents to fully partake in the festivities and spend quality time with family and friends.
As the UAE embraces the spiritual journey of Ramadan and eagerly awaits the joyous culmination with Eid Al Fitr, the upcoming holy month promises a blend of introspection, community, and celebration for Muslims across the nation.