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Countdown to Ramadan: Q&A Guide to Timings in the UAE

Updated 4th February 2024.

Welcome to our quick Q&A on Ramadan timings in the UAE! Understanding the intricacies of Ramada is essential, especially for those doing business in the United Arab Emirates. In this updated countdown to Ramadan, we explore why Ramadan timings vary each year and provide insights on how to stay informed about the start and end of Ramadan.

Countdown to Ramadan Q&A

Ramadan Timing in the UAE?

The first day of Ramadan is announced after the sighting of the crescent moon by a special moon sighting committee in the UAE. Prior to the official announcement, the Ramadan start date can only be predicted, based upon astrological calculations.


Why are Ramadan timings different each year?

Ramadan commences approximately 10-12 days earlier each year due to the Hijri calendar, a lunar calendar, being shorter than the Gregorian Calendar. It’s the ninth month in the Hijri calendar.


How to know when Ramadan starts in the UAE?

Around, the anticipated Ramadan start date, check official social media and local news channels after sunset, for confirmation the moon has been sighted and Ramadan has started.


Is the start of Ramadan consistent across the GCC?

Ramadan start dates can vary from country-to-country, based on their own moon sightings. Conducting business throughout the Gulf region during Ramadan requires careful consideration. Monitor local media for official announcements.

How long does Ramadan last?

Ramadan, also referred to as the Holy Month, usually lasts for 29 or 30 days.

How to know when Ramadan ends?

Ramadan ends by the sighting of the new moon by the official moon sighting committee in the UAE. Monitor the local media for confirmation.

What happens when Ramadan ends?

Eid Al Fitr marks the end Ramadan.

Is Eid Al Fitr a public holiday in the UAE?

Eid Al Fitr is a four-day public holiday in the UAE*, extending from 29 Ramadan to 3 Shawwal in the Hijri calendar. (Shawwal is the name of the month which follows Ramadan.)

How will Ramadan affect your business?

Businesses operating in the UAE during Ramadan should be prepared for changes. Explore our blog: "Preparing Your Business for Ramadan in the UAE," for insights into the changes to expect, the legal obligations for employers, and tips to capitalize on business opportunities during this holy month.

Setting up your business in Abu Dhabi during Ramadan

If you are planning to setup your business in Abu Dhabi, the dynamic capital of the United Arab Emirates, look no further than Gateway Group for support. We are recommended directly by Abu Dhabi government for our trusted business setup services. So you can relax and not feel daunted by the complex of business setup procedures, our streamlined services and dedicated team remove the anxiety of the unfamiliar.

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Further Ramadan Reading:

  1. Mastering Ramadan: A Guide for Doing Business in the UAE in 2024

  2. 5 Ways To Help Your Business To Show Sensitivity And Cultural Respect During Ramadan

  3. Preparing Your Business For Ramadan In The UAE This Year

  4. Ramadan Permits no longer needed for Restaurants in Abu Dhabi

  5. Abu Dhabi business during Ramadan - What you need to know

  6. Ramadan Timings Abu Dhabi: Useful changes you need to know.

  7. Business As Usual In Abu Dhabi During Ramadan (well almost)

  8. Working During Ramadan In Abu Dhabi - What To Expect

(First published on 6th February 2023 under the title 'Countdown to Ramadan 2023. When is Ramadan and how long will it last?')

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Written by Jenny Hunt

Founder, Gateway Group, Abu Dhabi & Dubai, United Arab Emirates

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