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Ramadan cannon firing

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.

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Midfa al iftar – firing Ramadan cannon

Ramadan Kareem

Iftar time


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Iftar time

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.

Iftar in Dubai

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Ramadan Kareem

Midfa al iftar – firing Ramadan cannon

Ramadan cannon firing