In Dubai, every evening during the fasting month of Ramadan, at sunset, the ritual of cannon firing announces the time to break the fast (midfa al iftar). There are few places in Dubai where Ramadan cannons are located, one of them next to Burj Khalifa.
On Saturday, May 23rd, it was the last Ramadan cannon firing this year, singaling the end of Ramadan and begining of Eid Al Fitr festival.
It is believed that cannon firing tradition comes from Egypt, where from 10th century in this way people could know when to break their fast. In Dubai it is observed from 1960s.
Iftar (from Arabic: “break of a fast”) or ftoor (“breakfast”) – an evening meal during the month of Ramadan, with which the Muslims – who are fasting during the day – are breaking the fast. It starts after the call to prayer Maghrib at the sunset, traditionally with three dates. The next meal is called suhur – it is consumed before dawn.
Ramadan – the ninth month of Islamic calendar – has started on 18th of June 2015. Fasting during Ramadan (to commemorate the first revelation of the Quran to prophet Muhammad) is one of the Five Pillars of Islam.