x Abu Dhabi, UAESunday 23 July 2017

Dubai Police fire cannon to signal end of Ramadan fasting

Ramadan: As the first day came to a close yesterday, Dubai Police followed a long tradition by firing their cannon to signal the end of fasting.

As the first day of Ramadan came to a close yesterday, Dubai Police followed a long tradition by firing their cannon to signal the end of fasting. Satish Kumar / The National
As the first day of Ramadan came to a close yesterday, Dubai Police followed a long tradition by firing their cannon to signal the end of fasting. Satish Kumar / The National

As the first day of Ramadan came to a close yesterday, Dubai Police followed a long tradition by firing their cannon to signal the end of fasting.

The custom is in practice since the early 1960s.

This year’s Ramadan fast will be the longest for decades. Muslims will abstain from food and water for 15 hours a day this Ramadan, making this year the lengthiest fast for 33 years.

And with temperatures in July soaring as high as 50°C – the hottest recorded was 52.1°C in July 2002 – many residents have been seeking advice from parents who fasted during previous summers.

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