Ramadan: Dubai Police announce cannon locations

Seven cannon will be stationed around the emirate

Cannon firing at Expo City Dubai to announce the end of fasting on the first day of Ramadan last year. Chris Whiteoak / The National
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The locations of Dubai's seven traditional cannon have been announced ahead of the first day of Ramadan. An additional mobile cannon was also announced, which will visit 13 different areas.

The stationary cannon will be firing at sunset to signal the start of iftar every evening during the holy month in the following locations:

  • Expo City Dubai
  • Damac Hills
  • Vida Creek Harbour
  • Burj Khalifa
  • Mirdif Downtown
  • Festival City
  • Hatta Guest House

The main cannon will be again positioned at Expo City Dubai.

The mobile cannon will spend two days at each of its 13 designated sites.

Maj Gen Abdullah Al Ghaithi, assistant commandant for Operations Affairs at Police Police, said the cannon's journey would start at Al Satwa Big Mosque, and include stops at Burj Khalifa, Nad Al Sheba, Al Ghaf Walk, Umm Suqeim Majlis and Zabeel Park before going back to Nad Al Sheba.

"The mobile cannon will also visit Al Khawaneej Majlis, Festival City and conclude its journey at Dubai International Financial Centre," he said.

Dubai Police will provide dedicated teams to oversee the firing of each cannon during Ramadan, in accordance with Arabic and Islamic customs.

Cannon firing will also be broadcast on TV in the Emirates during iftar.

Moon-sighting preparations

Lt Col Abdullah Al Amimi confirmed at a press conference on Thursday that a committee is all prepared to confirm the sighting of the Moon, signifying the start of Ramadan, expected on March 10 or 11.

Two vintage French cannon, originally used in the 1960s and also used last year, will be firing again this year, he said.

The cannon will fire twice when the sighting of the Ramadan crescent Moon is confirmed, then once a day to announce iftar, twice in a row to announce Eid Al Fitr and twice again on the first morning of Eid.

Lt Col Al Amimi said the cannon, weighing 25 pounds, produces a powerful sound reaching up to 170 decibels, which can be heard up to 10km away.

Meanwhile, Sharjah's cannon locations have also been announced.

The Sharjah Police General Command said they will be located in Al Majaz Waterfront Square, Al Dhaid Fort Square in the Central Region, Clock Tower Square in the city of Kalba, Khor Fakkan Amphitheater Square, and Dibba Al Hisn Comprehensive Center Square.

Watch: The journey of Dubai's Ramadan cannon

The journey of Dubai's Ramadan cannon which signals iftar for thousands of residents

The journey of Dubai's Ramadan cannon which signals iftar for thousands of residents
Updated: March 10, 2024, 8:24 AM