December 20, 2023

Legend behind the Iftar Cannons during the Ramadan

Ramadan, The ninth month of the Islamic lunar calendar is thought to be the month Prophet Muhammad received the Quran as a revelation. The Arabic word "ramida," which means “scorching heat", is the source of the English term "Ramadan.". It is observed by Muslims around the world, where they fast during the whole month from dawn to dusk. It’s a time for reflection, self-discipline, and spiritual growth.

Dubai, one of the most cosmopolitan cities in the world, is renowned for its modernity and innovation. However, during the holy month of Ramadan, the city takes a step back in time to embrace a centuries-old tradition – the iftar cannon.

As the sun sets over the city, the air is filled with the sound of cannon fire. This is supposed to be a signal for Muslims observing Ramadan to know it’s time to break the fast.  

The iftar cannon is an essential part of the UAE’s culture and traditions, and it is still observed in many parts of the country. In Dubai, the iftar cannon is fired from Burj Khalifa. The cannon is a replica of the original antique cannon, which was used to signal the end of the fast in old times.

The iftar cannon also serves as a unifying force for the people of Dubai. It brings together people from different walks of life, regardless of their nationality or religion to celebrate the holy month of Ramadan. The firing of the cannon is a moment of collective celebration, with people gathering in different locations to break their fast together.

In recent years, the iftar cannon has become a popular tourist attraction, with visitors flocking to Dubai to witness the spectacle. It is a reminder of the power of tradition and the enduring spirit of community.

To celebrate the holy month and to make it special, Joe’s café has an amazing Iftar Menu specially curated for the month of Ramadan.

Located in Dubai Mall, overlooking the Dubai Fountain and the skyscraping Burj Khalifa, Joe's Cafe offers a sumptuous iftar menu that's sure to satisfy your taste buds. For starters, indulge in Arabic mezze, hummus, Fattoush salad, vegetable spring rolls, meat samosas, and cumin-flavored lentil soup with chili oil topping. 

For the main course, there’s Surf and Turf platter, featuring beef fillet, chicken fillet, scallops, and mashed potatoes with salad, the Seafood Plate with jumbo shrimps, hammour fillet, grilled calamari, and salmon with rice, and mixed special risotto with beef kebab. 

And no iftar meal is complete without dessert. Enjoy Umm Ali, Cream Brule, and Mixed Fruits with Ice Cream for a sweet ending to your meal. 

All of this can be enjoyed for just AED 149 per person, making Joe's Cafe an affordable and delicious option for iftar with the stunning view of the dubai fountain & Burj Khalifa, making it a memorable experience.

Celebrate Ramadan with your family & loved ones, at Joe’s. Make your reservations today.

Explained: Why is a cannon fired to mark the end of fasting? | Community –  Gulf News


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