The Shawwal crescent was not sighted in the UAE on Tuesday. Therefore, Wednesday, May 12, will be the last day of the holy month of Ramadan, and the first day of Eid Al Fitr will be on Thursday, May 13.
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This means that UAE residents will enjoy the Eid holidays till Saturday. The five-day break began on Tuesday.
Earlier this evening, Saudi Arabia, too, announced that the crescent had not been sighted.
Mosques across the country will host Eid Al Fitr prayers on Thursday with strict Covid safety rules.
The total duration of the prayer, including the sermon, is limited to 15 minutes. Mosques and musallahs will open 15 minutes before the prayer and close immediately after.
Worshippers must keep a safe distance from others and not crowd around the musallas’ entrances and exits. The same precautionary measures being followed during the Taraweeh prayers will apply, including wearing masks and carrying individual prayer mats.