Qatar's Ramadan cannon

Qatar Living
By Qatar Living

A hallmark of Ramadan in Qatar since the 1970s is a cannon that is fired every evening to announce the timing of breaking the fast. 

The cannon used to be stationed near General Post Office (GPO) until last Ramadan but this year it has been shifted to the state mosque, Mohamed bin Abdul Wahab Mosque, in Dafna.

Children are very fond of the unique cannon-firing tradition in Qatar. They gather at the site every evening, accompanied by their parents during the fasting month. 

Back in the day, people in Qatar used to break fast only after hearing the cannon’s sound. But now there is so much of din due to rising population in the city that its sound is stifled. 

Qatar TV features cannon firing every evening before Maghrib (sunset) prayer to announce the time for Iftar.

Ratings calculated automatically using technology developed at QCRI and MIT.

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By sknazir123• 3 years 7 months ago.


By mistercray• 3 years 8 months ago.

Abdul Wahhab Mosque, Al Muhandiseen St

Doha, Qatar

25.316852, 51.505786

GMaps Link:,51.5071812,16z/data=!4m2!3m1!1s0x0000000000000000:0x63683172b0bc5683

By sknazir123• 3 years 8 months ago.

Can someone tell the location please. Couldn't find it in google map.


By mohdata• 3 years 8 months ago.
Rating: 5/5

My dad used to take us brothers to see the cannon...each day every day for years...even as grownups we went...i live alone in qatar now but still go by myself to relive those times with my dad... We lost him few days back and this will be my first Ramadan at the cannon without him. That cannon and Qatar mean so much to our you dad and love you Qatar. Ramadan Kareem everyone.

By snajeeb• 4 years 7 months ago.

Fond memories...Qtv used to be my channel of choice during ramadan..starting from the program on flora and fauna to the heritage mosques and canon-firing to the candid cameras and just for laugh gags and curiosity,i loved them all....those melodious traditional tunes that were played at the start of the former two shows still ring in my head.....lovely

By salrza• 4 years 7 months ago.

Do they also fire a cannon for iftar in wakrah somewhere?

By Riyal2Rupee• 4 years 7 months ago.

MM, thanks for ur interesting inputs on many forums, dear.

By Molten Metal• 4 years 7 months ago.
Molten Metal

That's great. Alwa.

By alwajahaco• 4 years 7 months ago.

my son love it when he see in qatar tv firing d cannon,he knows time for him to eat even he still not age for fsating

By Molten Metal• 4 years 7 months ago.
Molten Metal

By Molten Metal• 4 years 7 months ago.
Molten Metal

Keep the traditions alive ................................ Wed , 02.07.2014 , 08.30 hrs

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