A must-see spectacle during the Holy Month…

Every year during the Holy Month of Ramadan in Dubai, cannons are fired every day at sunset to announce iftar. The Dubai Police have been entrusted with the responsibility of firing these special cannons ever since the 1960s.

The cannons use blank cartridges so it’s safe if you want to head on over to check it out, though you may want to plug your ears. It’s a unique and memorable occasion which always draws in plenty of residents and visitors who want to witness the deafening boom of the cannon fire.

Want to witness this longstanding tradition also known as midfa al iftar?

Here are all the confirmed Ramadan cannons in Dubai this year.

Expo City Dubai

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Been a while since you’ve seen Expo City Dubai? You’ll definitely want to visit during the Holy Month, as Ramadan cannons will be fired every day at sunset. Dubai Police have stated that this will be the ‘main cannon’ of the year. The Ramadan cannon will be located at Al Wasl Avenue at the Expo City Dubai.

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Burj Khalifa


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The Ramadan cannons return to Burj Khalifa. It may just be one of the most popular spots to witness the Ramadan cannon, so if you want a good view, head on over early. It takes place right in from the stunning tower next to Burj Park.

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Damac Hills

Live in Production City, Jumeirah Village Circle, Dubai Sports City, Motor City, Arabian Ranches or Town Square? The closest cannon location to you will be Damac Hills. At the moment, the exact location has not been announced.

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Dubai Festival City

People usually flock to Dubai Festival City to go shopping at the mall, dine at one of the very many restaurants or catch the cool IMAGINE show. Now, visitors will also have a chance to see the Ramadan cannons. It takes place in front of the mall.

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Hatta Guest House


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Want a cool unique snap of the Ramadan cannons? Head to Hatta Guest House where you will get picturesque views as the backdrop of your Ramadan cannon photos. Make a day of it and explore the mountainous city with our Hatta guide here.

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Madinat Jumeirah

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This gorgeous Arabian citadel-inspired mini-city is home to hotels, an ornate souq, and beachfront hotspots, and during the Holy Month, it will be home to a Ramadan cannon. In the past, the cannon was located on Fort Island – the heart of Madinat Jumeirah surrounded by waterways but we are awaiting confirmation of the location this year.

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Uptown Mirdiff

If you stay in Mirdiff, you can visit Dubai Festival City to see the cannons, or you can stay in your own community as Ramadan cannons will also be located outside Uptown Mirdiff Mall. Once again, an exact location isn’t available at the moment, but once you’re at the venue, look out or ask someone for directions.

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Additional sites for the Ramadan cannons in Dubai

Dubai Police have also confirmed that starting from Thursday, March 23 there will be a Ramadan cannon sounding off at various locations across the city. It will be at each of the locations below for two days finishing on April 21.

  • DIFC
  • Zabeel Grand Mosque
  • Al Nahda National School for Girls
  • Lahbab Mosque 1
  • Al Aweer Grand Mosque
  • Ahmed Al Habbai Mosque in Al Khawaneej
  • Bin Dafoos Mosque in Al Twar
  • Al Mankhool
  • Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum City
  • Ain Dubai
  • Al Salam Mosque in Al Barsha
  • Kite Beach in Jumeirah
  • Nad Al Sheba Mosque
  • The Pointe at Palm Jumeirah

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