Saudi Arabia, UAE say Ramadan to begin Monday

Saudi Arabia announced on Sunday that the holy month of Ramadan will commence on Monday, March 11, after the Ramadan crescent moon was sighted in the Kingdom, the official Saudi Press Agency (SPA) reported.

Following Saudi Arabia’s announcement, the United Arab Emirates (UAE) also declared Monday as the first day of Ramadan, according to Emirati state news agency WAM.

Qatar similarly declared Monday as the first day of Ramadan.

Muslims follow a lunar calendar consisting of 12 months in a year of 354 or 355 days. Sighting a crescent moon heralds the start of Ramadan, the ninth month of the Islamic calendar