The Islamic Crescent Observation Project (ICOP) has announced that astronomically Eid al-Fitr of Hijri year 1438 will fall on Sunday, June 25, in most Muslim countries, 'considering that sighting of the moon is a condition for the beginning of the month of Shawwal'.
Mohammed Shoukat Awdah, head of ICOP, said that most Islamic countries will witness the new moon of Shawwal on the coming Saturday.
The UAE goverment had previously annouced that the first two days of Eid have been declared as paid holidays for private sector employees in the UAE, the Ministry of Human Resources and Emiratisation said on Saturday.
Last week, the Federal Authority for Government Human Resources (FAHR) announced that the Eid Al Fitr holiday for federal ministries and authorities in the UAE will begin on June 24.
It said that if Eid falls on Sunday June 25, work will resume on Wednesday, June 28. If Eid falls on Monday June 26, the holiday will still begin on Saturday June 24, with work resuming on Sunday July 2.