Friday, June 25, 2021

Ramadan and the cannon firing –a tradition close to UAE’s heart

The season of Ramadan is here, and the holy month brings in joy, celebration and goodwill. What makes the festivity even more special is the traditions that have been passed from generation to generation. One such tradition in the UAE is cannon fire that announces iftar during Ramadan.

The boom of cannon fire that announces iftar is a Ramadan tradition that has not lost its appeal with time. The cannon fires a blank cartridge that only contains black powder. The firing indicates it is iftar time post that the feasting begins!

While individuals of all age groups loved the boom of the canon or would wait the get a glimpse of it, there have been restrictions on people gathering to watch the display due to Covid precautionary measures. The citizens can however watch the canon firing online or on television.

The impressive Ramadan cannons in Dubai were built around 1945 in Britain and have since then been used to announce prayer and iftar timings during the holy month in Dubai for decades now. Ever since the Dubai Police has been keen on keeping this tradition alive. With a sound range of 170 decibels, the sound can be heard as far as 10 km away.

Though viewing the cannon firing isn’t possible this year, cannons have been placed across six locations in Dubai and one site in the emirate of Sharjah. The cannon in Sharjah will be placed at Al Majaz Waterfront only this year as part of Covid-19 safety and precautionary measures.

The canons in Dubai have been placed at Atlantis the Palm, Al Salam Masjid in Al Barsha, Burj Khalifa, Al Mamzar Beach, Al Habbai Mosque in Al Khawaneej, and the prayer ground in Al Mankhool.

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