Office and school hours will be curtailed as the holy month of Ramadan begins tomorrow, Thursday, March 23, unique Iftar tents will be built outside mosques, and prayers will last well into the evening.
Throughout the fasting month, a feeling of spirituality and reflection will permeate the UAE.
The spring season began in the UAE on Tuesday. This translates into fewer hours of fasting for individuals who observe the fast from dusk to dawn during the holy month.
Day 1 fasting hours
On Ramadan Day 1, at 5.02 am, prayer will be made to the call to Fajr (dawn). Imsak time, typically 10 minutes before the Fajr call to prayer, is when Muslims traditionally stop eating.Imsak is at 4.52 in the morning and Iftar is at 6.35 in the evening, per the Islamic Affairs and Charitable Activities Department (IACAD) website.
Muslims will therefore observe a 13-hour, 43-minute fast on the first day of the holy month.
Mid-Ramadan fasting hours
There will be extended hours of fasting during the holy month. On Ramadan 15, Iftar is at 6.41 pm, and imsak is at 4.37 am. Muslims will abstain from food and liquids on the 15th for 14 hours and 4 minutes.
End of the month
The hours of fasting would have climbed to about 14 hours by the end of the holy month.
According to astronomical predictions, the holy month will endure 29 days this year. On Ramadan 29, Iftar is 6.47 pm, and imsak is at 4.21 am. The fast lasts 14 hours and 26 minutes as a result.
Prayers of Taraweeh
All mosques in the UAE hold this congregational prayer in the late evening every day of the holy month.Soon after the Isha prayer, it is offered.
The UAE will receive the first prolonged Eid Al Fitr weekend in 2023. From Ramadan 29 to Shawwal 3, the UAE celebrated Eid al-Fitr as a national holiday. According to astronomical predictions, the gap is expected to occur between Thursday, April 20, and Sunday, April 23.