A man reads the Holy Quran at the Shaikh Zayed Mosque in Abu Dhabi. Image Credit: Ahmed Kutty/Gulf News

Dubai: Ramadan, the month of fasting and the holiest month in the Islamic calendar, will begin in less than a month from now.

Ramadan is likely to begin on Saturday, April 2, and will end on Sunday, May 1, according to Arabian weather, the first and largest Arabic site that provides information on weather forecasts.

On the first day of Ramadan, the people of Dubai will fast about 13 hours and 47 minutes, gradually increasing to about 14 and a half hours towards the end of the holy month.

The crescent moon is expected to be visible on Friday, April 1, which is corresponding to the 29th of the Islamic month of Shaban. Accordingly, April 2, will be the first day of Ramadan.

Ramadan, the ninth month in the Islamic calendar, is a time when Muslims across the world fast from sunrise to sunset.

The end of Ramadan, when the new moon is sighted, marks Eid Al Fitr, which is the start of the Shawwal month.

In the UAE, the moon-sighting committee will confirm the official starting dates for Ramadan and Eid Al Fitr.