UAE has officially confirmed that Ramadan this year will begin on Tuesday, April 13, after the Ramadan crescent was sighted in UAE on Monday evening.
The moon-sighting committee, which is composed of a group of astronomers, court officials, and advisers from the country’s Islamic authority, has met tonight virtually after the Maghrib prayer.
During the course of Ramadan, according to Dubai’s Department of Economic Development (DED), restaurants in Dubai are allowed to serve food without putting in place curtains, dividers, or facades.
“Restaurants are also not required to obtain a permit for serving food to customers during Ramadan fasting hours. This new circular replaces circulars based in previous years that have required restaurants to block dining areas from the sight of those who are fasting,” the circular read.
Meanwhile, work timings for private sectors have also been amended in time with the occasion. Work hours for private sector workers will be slashed by two hours.
Minister of Human Resource and Emiratization Nasser bin Thani Al Hamli, through the official Twitter account of MOHRE, announced the reduction of two working hours for all employees working in the private sector during the holy month of Ramadan as per federal law no. 8, on regulating labor relations.
Each emirate in the UAE has issued certain rules that need to be followed during Ramadan:
> Large social gatherings should be avoided
> Ramadan tents, iftar donations prohibited
> Special prayers can be performed in mosques, provided safety measures are followed
>Iftar tents are prohibited
> Iftar banquet for groups, distributing iftar meals in front of restaurants, gatherings, or in front of homes and mosques, cars, are banned
> Advertising special offers for iftar meals not allowed
> Distribution of free meals only allowed through the official charitable bodies accredited in Sharjah
> All permits for Ramadan tens cancelled
Ras Al Khaimah
> Authorities ban distribution of iftar meals inside or in front of restaurants, or even at homes
> Iftar tents outside mosques banned
> Distribution is permitted in residential labor complexes, provided that the meal is inside a box or bag and are tightly enclosed
> Gatherings not allowed
Umm Al Quwain
> Distributing Quran and other gifts not allowed
> Home visits, family gatherings banned
> Meals must not be exchanged or distributed
> Commercial or private iftar tens not allowed