The sighting of the moon indicates that Friday, Aug 2, would be Zul Hijjah 1.
Eid Al Adha (Eid-el-Kabir) will be marked across the UAE on August 11, Sunday.
The crescent for the last month of the Islamic lunar calendar Zul Hijjah was sighted on Thursday evening by an observatory in Saudi Arabia and various bodies, making Friday – August 2, the first day of Zul Hijjah.
With this, the Day of Arafat, which is the day of Haj falls a day before Eid Al Adha is on Aug 10, Saturday.
Eid Al Adha, or the ‘festival of sacrifice’, marks the willingness of Prophet Ibrahim to sacrifice his son out of faith to Allah.
To commemorate the ultimate show of obedience, the prescribed animal (usually goat or sheep) is sacrificed by Muslims and divided into three parts: one-third of the share is given to the poor; another third is given to relatives, friends, and neighbors; and the remaining third is retained by the family.
The festival is celebrated by 1.6 billion Muslims across the globe.