But we\u2019re still waiting on official communication from the UAE\u2019s moon-sighting committee\u2026\r\nThe Sharjah Centre for Astronomy and Space Sciences has previously advised that Ramadan looks set to begin on Thursday May 17.\r\nNow, it\u2019s looking more and more likely, as Oman\u2019s\u00a0Ministry of Endowments and Religious Affairs today confirmed that May 17 would mark the beginning of the holy month in the Gulf country.\r\nThe first day of Eid Al Fitr \u2013 which marks the end of the Holy Month \u2013 is expected to fall on Friday June 15.\r\nThe official dates for the UAE are yet to be confirmed by the UAE\u2019s moon-sighting committee.\r\nThe fasting period is expected to last\u00a013 hours and 25 minutes at the beginning of the month, said Ibrahim Al Jarwan, deputy director general of the Sharjah Centre for Astronomy and Space Sciences. By the end of Ramadan, this will reach 15 hours.\r\nRemember, during the month of Ramadan, normal working hours are reduced by two hours a day (so if your working day is 9am to 6pm, you\u2019ll only have to work until 4pm).\r\nLast year, Ramadan started a little later, beginning on May 27.\r\nThe ninth month of the Islamic calendar, Ramadan is a time when Muslims around the world abstain from eating, drinking or smoking between sunrise and sunset.\r\nLasting about a month, it marks the time when the Qur\u2019an was first revealed to the Prophet Mohammed (PBUH). Extra\u00a0tarawih\u00a0prayers are performed at the mosque throughout Ramadan and each evening 1\/30th of the holy book is recited. By the end of Ramadan, many observers have read the entire Qur\u2019an.\r\nFasting is one of the five pillars of Islam, which are the foundation of the religion. The pillars are the framework by which Muslims everywhere live, and Ramadan is considered the holiest time in the Islamic calendar. It is a time for prayer, reflection and religious devotion, to cleanse past sins and to focus on Allah through good deeds.