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Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates (UAE) have declared Wednesday, April 10, as the first day of Eid-ul-Fitr this year after the crescent moon was not sighted on Monday evening.

The sighting of the Shawwal moon marks the end of Ramazan and the beginning of Eid-ul-Fitr, a Muslim festival.

It may be noted that Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates (UAE) marked the first Ramazan on Monday, March 11.

The Saudi Supreme Court had issued a statement calling on residents to report the moon sighting and notify the respective authority on Monday. Workers in Saudi Arabia will get five days off from April 9, including the weekend.

In the UAE, the Ministry of Human Resources and Emiratisation announced paid holidays from Monday, April 8 till Friday, April 12 for all employees in the private sector.

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