Sha’aban is the month that precedes the Holy Month of Ramadan. Image Credit: @AstronomyCenter

Abu Dhabi: The International Astronomical Center (IAC) has reported that the crescent of the last days of Sha’aban has been sighted in Abu Dhabi on Tuesday, March 21 at approximately 10:45 am. However, due to the dusty and partly cloudy weather conditions, the crescent was barely visible.

Sha'ban is the month that precedes the holy month of Ramadan.

Through its astronomical observatory, the International Astronomy Center was able to photograph the crescent of the month of Sha'ban. A telescope was also used to see the crescent.

Meanwhile, the UAE Moonsighting Committee will convene today (Tuesday) after Maghrib prayers to sight the crescent moon of the month of Ramadan.


If the crescent moon is sighted on Tuesday, Sha’aban 29, then Wednesday will be the first day of Ramadan. If the moon could not be visible, Thursday, March 23, will be the first day of Ramadan.

The Islamic calendar is usually either 29 or 30 days. The beginning and end of the month depend on the crescent moon, which is why Ramadan is not set on any specific days annually.