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KUWAIT CITY, April 20: Although the holy month of Ramadan unites Muslims and Arabs in various parts of the world, the number of fasting hours remains a characteristic that distinguishes each country from the other; as the fasting hours differ from one country to another according to geographical location, such that the closer a country to the North Pole is, the longer it takes to fast compared to those near the South Pole, reports Al-Rai daily. Algerians and Tunisians are fasting the longest among Arabs this year — number of hours of abstinence from food and drink.
On the first day of Ramadan, their fasting period lasted 14 hours and 39 minutes; while it will be 15 hours and 50 minutes on the last day. On the other hand, Muslims in Comoros have the shortest fasting hours. The number of fasting hours in its capital — Moroni — was about 13 hours and 12 minutes on the first day of Ramadan; while it will be 12 hours and 59 minutes on the last day. In Kuwait, the fasting period lasted 14 hours and 17 minutes on the first day; while it will be 15 hours and 19 minutes on the last day.
In the Sultanate of Oman, the number of fasting hours reached 14 hours and one minute on the first day and it will be 14 hours and 41 minutes on the last day. The Kingdom of Bahrain recorded 14 hours and nine minutes of fasting on the first day, compared to 14 hours and 45 minutes on the last day. In Saudi Arabia, the fasting period on the first day was 14 hours and two minutes; while it will be 14 hours and 44 minutes on the last day.