Ramadan begins in Gulf today
PRESS TRUST OF INDIA
Dubai, July 31: The holy month of Ramadan will begin tomorrow (Monday) across the Gulf region, religious authorities in UAE, Egypt and Saudi Arabia have declared.
The beginning of the month was announced by the UAE's moon sighting committee following a meeting yesterday.
Reports confirmed that the holy month will start in Saudi Arabia tomorrow along with most other Gulf countries.
Egypt, Lebanon, Yemen, Kuwait and Qatar also confirmed Ramadan will start tomorrow.
Muslims around the world, observe the holy month as a period devoted to dawn-to-dusk fasting, prayers and spiritual introspection and in the Gulf region, businesses and offices also reduce working hours.
Sweltering temperatures in the Gulf countries and the length of time between dawn and sunset being more than 14 hours this year will make Ramadan in August one of the toughest in recent years for those observing the fast.
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