FG declares Friday, Monday public holidays

The committee's research chief earlier said moon will not be visible on the evening of Thursday

Schools across Dubai will close from Thursday for the Eid Al Fitr holiday.

However, the Pakistan Meteorological Department (PMD) based on scientific calculations has already informed the Ministry of Religious Affairs that there are "slight" chances of Shawwal moon sighting on June 14. However, as the holiday is expected to fall on a weekend this year, private sector workers may not receive any extra days off. The Saudi government and the Supreme Court have called on Muslims and citizens to report to the nearest court on sighting the new crescent moon or Shawwal crescent.

Pupils are likely to return to school on Monday, but it will be subject to an announcement from the government, according to the Knowledge and Human Development Authority.

After a month of fasting and sacrifice, Muslims will celebrate Eid ul-Fitr after sighting of the moon which will officially end the month of Ramzan.

THE Federal Government has declared Friday, 15 and Monday, 18 as public holidays to mark the 2018 Id-el Fitr.

These institutions will resume normal operations on Wednesday, June 20, sources said. The private sector receives two holiday days for Eid, which means either Friday and Saturday will be off, or Saturday and Sunday. They will resume work on Sunday, June 24.

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