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Eid Al-Fitr dates to be announced this evening

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Preparations for the occasion seen around Dubai

July 27, 2014 4:26 by



With many in the city anticipating the announcement of the end of Ramadan, the wait will soon be over.

WAM, the state news agency, reports that the moon-sighting committee, run by the Minister of Justice Sultan Bin Saeed Al Badi, has requested all Sharia courts in the UAE to keep a watchful eye out for the crescent moon this evening and, accordingly, report any sightings to the committee.

An official meeting will be held this evening after Maghreb prayer to make an assessment.

In addition, people around the world can tune in to a live viewing courtesy of the Islamic Crescents’ Observation Project, based in Jordan, which will be streaming live via this link.

Viewers will have the opportunity to see the first sighting of the crescent moon and thus witness the final moments of the Holy Month of Ramadan.

While we wait, there are a number of changes we can expect to see around our city during the celebration.

Holiday

The UAE government announced last week that the private sector will be entitled to a two-day public holiday upon the announcement of Eid Al-Fitr and offices will be closed accordingly.

The government sector will enjoy a nine-day break from today (July 27) until Thursday, in accordance with a circular issued by President of the UAE, His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan and Hussain Ibrahim Al Hammadi, chairman of the Federal Authority for Government Human Resources.

Public Transport

While the holiday may be a cause of overwhelming congestion in Dubai, the Roads and Transport Authority
(RTA) have announced a number of changes to accommodate the many people.

The Dubai Metro’s Red Line will extend operation hours to run between 5:30am until 1am, while the Green Line will be operational between 5:50am and 1 am from July 28 until July 30.

In addition, all paid parking zones will not charge a fee from today (July 27) until August 2.

The Public Transport Agency (PTA), along with the RTA, have also announced that they will be launching three new feeder bus routes in Al Nahda, Stadium Metro and the Dubai Mall to meet increased demand.

However, if you need to make a complaint to the customer service center of the RTA, it will need to be postponed until August 3, when it reopens.

City

This Eid will be host to wonderful decorations throughout Dubai. Many shopping malls have already adorned their spaces with lights and crescent moons in anticipation for the holiday.

You can be sure to spot some spectacular sights across the city, and when you do, snap a picture and send it through to us on Facebook or Twitter as we would love to share them.



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