Ramadan lanterns (or Fanoos Ramadan) are displayed for sale at a shop ahead of the Muslim fasting month of Ramadan in Cairo July 3, 2012 (Photo: Reuters)
The holy month of Ramadan will begin on 29 June, the head of Egypt's National Research Institute of Astronomy and Geophysics, Hatem Ouwda, announced in a statement on Monday.
According to Ouwda, Ramadan this year will comprise 29 days only.
Muslims fast from dawn until dusk for a month during Ramadan, pursuant to the Islamic doctrine.
Ramadan comes roughly 10 days earlier every year, with this year noon-time temperatures reaching up to 40 degrees.
Daylight saving time, recently re-applied in Egypt, will be suspended for the duration of the month. Standard time in Egypt is GMT (UTC) + 2 and GMT + 3 during daylight saving time.