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UAE to celebrate Eid Al-Fitr on Tuesday

Moon-sighting panels in Gulf countries convened on Monday.

Moon-sighting panels in Saudi Arabia and UAE convened on Monday evening (Ramadan 29) to sight the Shawwal moon and declare the first day of Eid Al Fitr.

In a statement issued by Saudi Arabia, the Shawwal crescent was not sighted on June 3, therefore it is likely that the moon will be spotted on June 4, which means that this will be a 30-day long Ramadan.

The International Astronomical Centre (IAC) had predicted - during Ramadan - the start of Eid Al Fitr for most of the Islamic nations.

The IAC released a statement on their official website regarding the sighting of the Shawwal crescent (Eid Al Fitr). The statement was issued and signed by 28 specialists in the fields of space and astronomy from 14 countries.


The statement said that the sighting of the crescent would be impossible in this part of the world on Monday, June 3. The IAC added that it would be possible to sight the moon with a telescope only if the atmosphere is clear in some western parts of the Americas and the Pacific Ocean on June 3.

The crescent in Arab countries will be absent on Monday, June 3. It will appear for a very short period after sunset which is not enough to spot it by any means, according to the IAC.

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