In a rather rare phenomenon, the UAE residents shall be able to observe the Holy month of Ramadan twice a year. Such a phenomenon had last occurred in 1997.
Speaking to the media, Ibrahim Al Jarwan, a member of Arab Federation of Space and Astronomy Sciences said that the Islamic calendar is a lunar one, and hence is always 11 days short of the solar year. For every passing year, Ramadan is also moved back by 10 or 11 days, depending on the sighting of the moon.
“The year 2030 will witness the blessed month of Ramadan twice. The first one will take place when Ramadan will start on January 5, 2030 for the Hijri year 1451, and then again, the month of Ramadan will start on December 26, 2030 for the Hijri year 1452,” Al Jarwan explained, adding “And the total days of fasting will be approximately 36 days, inshallah.”
He further pointed out that as the Hijri calendar has 354 days, it is 11 days less than the Gregorian, the two calendar systems will eventually come full circle and repeat themselves.
“It takes 33 years until the Hijri year has cycled through a full Gregorian year. It was repeated previously in 1997, and after 2030, it will repeat again later in 2063,” said Al Jarwan.