• O.G. Wright

Here's how you can witness Ramadan cannons

You may wonder what's Ramadan cannon and where can you see it. You might also ask why there's a cannon during Ramadan, and why local authorities shoot it during the holiest month. 


Firstly, firing a cannon marks the start of iftars across the UAE. This is a blaring message that people can break their fast already.


The Dubai Police has announced six spots in the UAE where they will fire cannons: Deira, the Burj Khalifa area, Karama, the Al Mizhar area (near Mirdif) – and two new spots; City Walk and Madinat Jumeirah



Each cannon is manned by four officers and will fire one per day to announce iftar. 

The cannon can be heard 10 kilometers away. Dubai Police fires a total of 180 bullets the entire month to also announce the start of Eid Al Fitr. 



This tradition dates back to 10th century Egypt.


Photo Source:

http://www.bollywooddubai.com/police-iftar-cannons-ready-for-ramadan/#sthash.hCe8VirU.dpbs

https://www.emirates247.com/news-in-images/ramadan-in-dubai-abu-dhabi-2013-07-11-1.513976

https://www.expatwoman.com/dubai/guide/discover-dubai/ramadan-diaries-of-fasting-muslim

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