Huge response briefly shuts down gulfnews.com
Dubai: A massive response to the Ramadan moon sighting story briefly shut down the Gulf News web portal.
The crescent was not sighted in Saudi Arabia on Tuesday night.
Muslims around the world anticipate the end of Shaaban, the month preceding Ramadan, by watching for the presence or absence of the crescent moon — and whether it indicates the continuation of Shaban or beginning of Ramadan.
Working hours are also changed during Ramadan in many countries.
As the moon sighting committees from Australia to Japan, and from Malaysia to Jordan announced the start of Ramadan in their jurisdictions, web users flooded gulfnews.com with concurrent queries.
To prevent a similar occurrence, we have since taken measures to accommodate the additional traffic.