Ramadan will start on May 6, Monday, in the UAE, as announced by the Ramadan Moon Sighting Committee, which met today after Maghreb prayers, under the chairmanship of Sultan Bin Saeed Al Badi Al Dhaheri, Minister of Justice.

The first day of Ramadan, the ninth month of the Islamic calendar, is traditionally marked by the sighting of the crescent moon with the naked eye. Ramadan is usually observed for 29 or 30 days depending on the sighting of the crescent moon, which will mark Eid Al Fitr, or the festival of breaking the fast, an important religious holiday celebrated by Muslims commemorating the end of Ramadan.

Working hours for the private sector will be reduced by two hours during during the month of Ramadan, according to the Ministry of Human Resources and Emiratisation. Working hours in the public sector, including all ministries and federal entities, will be five hours, starting at 9 am and ending at 2 pm, except when the nature of work requires extra hours of operation, according to the Federal Authority for Government Human Resources.

Ramadan was the month in which the Quran was revealed to Prophet Mohammad (PBUH) on the night of Laylat Al Qadr, one of the last ten nights of Ramadan.

Mall, Metro timings

Apart from work timings, various establishments have also announced new timings during the month.

Some malls, for instance, have announced extended timings. Mall of the Emirates, City Centre Deira and City Centre Mirdif will be open for 16 hours, from 10am to 2am. Many food outlets and food courts in malls will also be open much longer, some up to 3am, throughout Ramadan.

Food courts in malls are open to dine-in during the day for non-fasting residents and children, while restaurants can choose to serve food during the day or after iftar.

The Dubai Metro and tram timings, however, will not change during Ramadan. The Metro will continue to run until midnight on weekdays and 1am on weekends.

Check out this Gulf News guide for more information about Ramadan 2019.