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Abu Dhabi, UAEFriday 14 December 2018

Oman announces first day of Ramadan

The country's moon sighting committee will begin searching for the crescent moon on the evening of Tuesday May 8

The first day of Ramadan will be Thursday May 17 in Oman, the country's Ministry of Endowments and Religious Affairs has announced.

The Authority tweeted a copy of the stamped statement saying the moon sighting committee would begin searching for the crescent moon on the evening of Tuesday May 8 but said the new moon would unlikely be spotted that night.

The statement said Wednesday May 9 will be the 30th day of Shaaban, 1439, in the Hijri calendar, making Thursday May 17 the first day of the holy month.

Historically, Oman's religious authority will call Ramadan independently of the rest of the Gulf while the UAE, Bahrain and Saudi Arabia tend to begin fasting on the same day.

In March, the Sharjah Centre for Space and Astronomy predicted that Ramadan would likely begin on May 15 but an official announcement will be made by the moon sighting committee closer to the time.

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