On Saturday, July 6, the crescent of Muharram 1446 was captured in a photograph taken from Abu Dhabi. The UAE's Astronomy Centre shared this image on social media, showcasing the faint crescent as observed by the Al-Khatim Astronomical Observatory at 3pm local time.

UAE residents will enjoy a day off on July 7, as announced by the Ministry of Human Resources and Emiratisation (Mohre) on Tuesday. This holiday, falling on a Sunday, commemorates the Hijri New Year, which on the Islamic calendar is marked as Muharram 1, signaling the beginning of the Hijri year 1446 AH.

Similarly, Oman has declared a holiday for the Hijri New Year on July 7, affecting both public and private sector employees. This move creates a long weekend for government workers and private sector companies adhering to a 5-day workweek. In the UAE, residents have a few more holidays to look forward to this year, including one for the Prophet Muhammad (PBUH)'s birthday, and the National Day, which will be celebrated with a long weekend, marking the final official holiday of the year.