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Ramadan likely to start on June 18, Eid on July 17

Expert also predicts date of Eid Al Fitr in UAE

Published Monday, JUNE 1, 2015

Dubai: The first day of fasting in the UAE this year will likely start on June 18, Thursday, according to an expert.

Rohan Roberts, lead astronomer and founder of Café Scientifique Dubai, said about 3 per cent of the new moon will be visible on the eve of June 17 before it sets over the western horizon at 7:54pm, making June 18 the first day of Ramadan.

“It seems very likely that Ramadan will be declared to start on 18th June,” Roberts told Gulf News.

He also predicted that Eid Al Fitr will possibly fall on July 17, with the new moon setting by 7:21 pm on the eve of July 16.

No official announcement has yet to be released on the dates of Ramadan and Eid, which have traditionally been based on the actual sighting of the moon with human eyes.

On May 29, the Sharjah Planetarium also predicted that Ramadan this year is likely to start on June 18 and that Eid al-Fitr would fall on Friday, July 17 (first of the Hijri month of Shawwal). Roberts, however, said that anyone can check for themselves when the Islamic holy month and Eid celebration will start just by downloading free apps that predict accurate moon rise/set times.

He noted that some places have already started using technology in lieu of traditional sightings.

“A few countries have decided to do away with traditional sightings of the moon and have opted to use the tools of science that can make accurate and reliable predictions of the moon. Moon sightings can be affected by cloud cover, haze, dust, humidity, the eyesight of the observers.”

Source: Gulf News

UAE release of 'Welcome 2 Karachi' delayed: Here's why

Published : June 1, 2015
Producer wants film to be screened not earlier than 6pm on Thursday
Bollywood's new movie release 'Welcome 2 Karachi' will have a delayed start in the UAE.

Unlike all new movie releases, which open at 10am on Thursdays, the first show for this Hindi movie will only be at 6pm.

The movie’s UAE film distributor Al Nisr explained the delay is due to a special request from the film producer (Vashu Bhagnani).

"They have the Muhurat (an auspicious time according to the Hindu calendar) so they wanted the first screening only after 6pm," the official said.

All three movie showcasers in Dubai – VoxCinemas, NovoCinemas and Reel Cinemas – will have their first screening at 6pm on Thursday.

"As per the film's distributor, 'Welcome 2 Karachi' should only be released from 6pm onwards, not earlier," clarified a movieshowcaser.

Bhagnani's son Jackky and popular actor Arshad Warsi star in this Bollywood comedy. Popular dancing star Lauren Gottlieb will add glamour to this boy gang.

Source: Emirates247

Majid Al Futtaim donates Dh400,000

Published : June 15, 2015
The Dh400,000 was donated to the Emirates Red Crescent
Dubai: Majid Al Futtaim converted the 400,000 points collected from a 14-day interactive monopoly game set up in malls across Dubai into Dh400,000.

The Dh400,000 was donated to Emirates Red Crescent.

The monopoly game, which was set up City Centre Deira, City Centre Mirdif and Mall of the Emirates, allowed the malls’ visitors to play, win great prizes and help build houses in Nepal for families in need.

The monopoly initiative also underlined important milestones such as the 20th anniversary of City Centre Deira, the 10th anniversary of Mall of the Emirates, the 5th anniversary of City Centre Mirdif, and the 80th anniversary of the world’s most popular board game.

Source: Gulf News