When is Eid 2018? Here’s What Astronomers Are Predicting…

With the conclusion of Ramadan approaching, when is Eid 2018 expected to fall in UAE? Here’s what astronomers are predicting

When is Eid 2018 expected to begin?

The first day of Eid Al Fitr is likely to fall on Friday, June 15, Ibrahim Al Jarwan from the Sharjah Center for Astronomy & Space Sciences announced to Gulf News. This means that Ramadan, which started on May 17, will last 29 days this year.

Astronomers will begin looking for the crescent moon after sunset on June 13. Once sighted, it will mark the end of Ramadan for Muslims and beginning of Eid Al Fitr, or “festival of breaking the fast.”

Will workers get a public holiday?

In the past, Eid al Fitr holidays in the UAE included two days for the private sector and three days for civil servants. Because Eid al Fitr is likely to fall on Friday or Saturday, we can’t be sure if workers will still get time off. Government officials will confirm this closer to the date.

Is there another Eid coming?

Yes. Eid Al Adha (Feast of the Sacrifice), also known as as the Greater Eid, is expected to begin on Wednesday, August 22. This could translate into a four-day holiday weekend for the private sector, though no official announcements have yet been made.