Saudi Arabia announces Eid Al-Fitr will start on Sunday

Eid Al-Fitr celebrations will begin in on Sunday May 24, according to authorities in Saudi Arabia. (AFP/File Photo)
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Updated 22 May 2020

Saudi Arabia announces Eid Al-Fitr will start on Sunday

  • Final day of Ramadan to be Saturday

RIYADH: Eid Al-Fitr will begin on Sunday May 24, authorities in Saudi Arabia have announced.

According to reports, the Shawwal moon was not sighted, meaning Saturday will be the last day of Ramadan.

This year, Eid will be marked differently in the Kingdom due to the government's 24-hour lockdown in place from May 23-27 in a bid to slow the spread of the coronavirus.

The UAE, Iraq, Qatar and Jordan also announced the first day of the Eid holiday will be Sunday.

Eid Al-Fitr follows a sighting of the crescent moon, and brings an end to the dawn-to-dusk fasting of the Holy month.


Saudi Arabia repatriation flights from US cities, Beirut bring home nationals

Updated 05 June 2020

Saudi Arabia repatriation flights from US cities, Beirut bring home nationals

  • Flights from Washington and Houston arrived at King Khalid International Airport in Riyadh

DUBAI: Four more repatriation flights arrived in Saudi Arabia as part of the Kingdom’s efforts to bring back stranded citizens from coronavirus hotspots, state news agency SPA reported.
Flights from Washington and Houston arrived at King Khalid International Airport in Riyadh while another two landed in King Abdulaziz International Airport in Jeddah, bringing Saudi nationals from New York and Beirut.
All precautionary measures to contain the coronavirus spread were taken to ensure the safety of passengers, who would also be in isolation for 14 days.