A single shot from the cannons is fired to announce the start of Ramadan
Ramadan cannons have once again been set up at tourist hotspots around Dubai, including Burj Khalifa, as the traditional attractions have proved popular with visitors to the city in the past, according to Dubai Police.
Every day during the holy month of Ramadan, a single shot will be fired at the time of iftar and two shots will be fired to mark the start of the holy month and the commencement of Eid, according to a statement from the WAM state news agency.
Major Abdullah Tarish, of the General Department of Organisations Security and Protective Emergency at Dubai Police, said the tradition had been in place since the early 1960s but the placing of cannons in tourist locations had proved popular.
A group of officers have been assigned to ensure the cannons are shuttled to the chosen spots at Burj Khalifa, Eid prayer grounds in Mankhool and Al Baraha, Madinat Jumeirah and at the Dubai City Walk.
Major Tarish said that the department is equipped six cannons, including four core and two reserves, which are to be used in the event one of the cannons malfunctions.
The British-made 25 PDR MK1L Conons piece artillery has a sound range of 170 decibels, which can reach most residential communities, the WAM statement added.
Major Tarish explained the cannons have become an important tradition of the holy month among the emirate's tourists, with tour companies adding them on their tourist routes during Ramadan.