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Ramadan in UAE from May 17, gruelling fast to last as long as 13 hours

Speed News Desk | Updated on: 12 March 2018, 16:21 IST

On Monday, Ibrahim Al Jarwan, deputy director general of the Sharjah Center for Astronomy & Space Science said that the Holy month of  Ramadan is expected to start from May 17.

Ramadan fasting can be more than 13 hours a day.

Ibrahim Al Jarwan said, "The new moon of the Holy Month of Ramadan is to be 'born' on May 13 (Tuesday) around 3.48 pm UAE time and then after it will disappear two minutes before sunset of the same evening."

He also added that it would be impossible to see the new moon after the sunset in the UAE. "It shall remain visible for one hour and 16 minutes at sunset."


It is expected that the new moon would be visible only after the sunset on May 16. He stated. "As such, Thursday, May 17, shall be the first day of Ramadan as per the astronomical calculations."

He even added that the fasting period will last 13.25 hours at the beginning of Ramadan, he noted. "Fasting hours shall then increase to 13.42 hours and reach 15 hours by the end of the month."

It is believed that the new moon of  Ramadan is expected to appear on June 13 at around 11:43 pm in UAE time.

As per the astronomical calculations, the first day of Eid Al Fitr can be  June 15. He said, "It shall be monitored after the sunset of Thursday, June 14, and be definitely seen on Friday, June 15."

When asked about the temperature during the temperature, he said it is expected that it will be around 41°C during June, while the minimum temperature is expected to reach 26.

"The region shall be affected by hot winds every 10 days to 14 days, with temperatures going up to 3-5 degrees above normal for 2-5 days during the summer months from June to the end of August."

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First published: 12 March 2018, 16:21 IST