Ramadan 2023: You May Find Ramadan Cannons At These Locations In The UAE

by Anupriya Mishra
Ramadan 2023: You May Find Ramadan Cannons At These Locations In The UAE

Midfa al iftar is a tradition where cannons are fired to mark the end of the day’s fasting during the holy month of Ramadan. Popularly known as Ramadan Cannons, there are several locations across the United Arab Emirates where these cannons will be placed this year as well. Fired at sunset, this year you can expect them in these locations – Abu Dhabi, Al Ain, Al Dhafra, Ras Al Khaimah, and Umm Al Quwain. Here’s what you need to know about the Ramadan Cannons.

What Is Ramadan Cannon?

Ramadan cannon
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For those who aren’t aware, cannons became a part of the tradition during the month of Ramadan in the United Arab Emirates in the 1960s. Last year five of these were positioned in Dubai and the police had 11 cannons that they move between locations. Talking about the protocol, there should be four officers present while firing. As per a report by the National News, two officers will man the cannon, one will load it, and the other will pass the blank cartridge.

Moreover, two officers will serve as guardians of the canon and they will give orders. So, when it’s time for iftar, the order is given and the cannon is fired. Did you know these booming shots can be heard from several kilometres away? Well, this year also is going to be no different than the previous one!

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They’re To Be Positioned At These Locations

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The Ramadan cannons will be placed in these locations for 2023

  • In Ras Al Khaimah, Ramadan Cannons have been placed at Al Qawasim Corniche
  • For Umm Al Quwain, this cannon has been positioned at Sheikh Zayed Mosque.
  • The cannon will be placed in these locations in Abu Dhabi
    – Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque
    – Qasr Al Hosn
    – Mother of the Nation Park
    – Formula One car park, Al Shahama Area
  • In Al Ain, these cannons have been set up in these locations
    – Zahker Area
    – Al Jahili Fort
  • Just like in other emirates, the Dubai Police will also place these cannons at several locations. These include
    Expo City Dubai
    Near Burj Khalifa
    Dubai Festival City
    Madinat Jumeirah
    Hatta Guest House

Did you know the Ramadan Cannon will be placed at the Expo City Dubai for the first time?

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