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Ramadan in UAE through years

Iftar takes place at Maghrib as soon as the call to prayer (Adhan). Here, people buy food at a market in Dubai in preparation for the breaking of the fast.
Men prepare samosas and sweets for Iftar in this picture taken in Dubai in June 1983. Iftar is the breaking of the fast immediately after sunset.
Historically, the Ramadan cannon has served as a means to announce the end of the fast at sunset. The cannon is fired by police in this photo from June 1984.
Today, the cannon plays an important but different role, namely to keep Ramadan traditions alive. In the UAE, the tradition is believed to have started in Sharjah during the rule of Sultan Bin Saqr, who ruled from 1803 to 1866.

Traditionally, the fast is broken with dates and water. It is a time when friends and family come together, as this picture of Ramadan in Deira demonstrates.
Policemen break their fast in this photo from April 1988. Another long-standing tradition is to consume one light meal just before the sunrise. This meal is known as the Suhoor.
During Ramadan most restaurants are closed during the day. Tents, like this one from March 1990, are set up where everybody, particularly the poor, is served Iftar.
Nowadays the TV and radio announce the exact time of Iftar. However, the old tradition was to listen for the call from the mosque's minarets to know when Iftar has begun.
A man makes sweets for Ramadan in this photo from December 1992. Traditionally, women made sweets in the afternoon during the holy month, ready to be shared within her family.
Many people take fruits, food and drinks to mosques and offer them to those who can't afford to have a good meal. Iftar preparations take place in this shot from February 1993.
As well as fasting, the month is mainly about a community coming together to strengthen its ties of goodwill - sharing, and caring about each other.
The Ramadan crescent moon, along with lanterns and the cannon, is a distinguishing symbol of the holy month. The moon is seen above a mosque in this photo from February 1995.
Iftar food varies from country to country, but the most common items on the table are dates and milk, as well as assorted fruits and vegetables.
A woman makes bread with cheese and zatar in one of the UAE's many Iftar tents in this photo from January 1996
Sharjah Police fire the cannon to mark the start of Iftar in this snap from January 1996. In 1960 the firing of the cannon was entrusted to the police in the UAE. Since then, the Ramadan cannon has remained under their supervision.
Ramadan ends with Eid Al Fitr, during which people adorn their homes with lights and decorations, give treats to children and visit friends and family to celebrate the occasion.
Ramadan is the time for prayers and remembrance of Allah. Muslims try to pray as much as they can and in addition to the five daily prayers of Fajr, Dhuhur, Asr, Maghrib and Isha, special prayers are offered. This picture is from February 1996
Since the time of the Prophet Mohammad (PBUH), dates have been recommended as an excellent start to Iftar and an important element in the Ramadan diet. Here, dates are sold at the Mina Vegetable and Fruit Market in Abu Dhabi in this shot from December 1997
Many hotels across the UAE offer Iftars and erect special tents. This Iftar in January 1998 took place at the Hyatt Regency hotel.
As well as tents offering food, many hotels also put up shisha tents, like this one, pictured in early 1998. However, as per rules laid out by the civic body recently, only four and five-star hotels are now allowed to serve shisha during Ramadan.
People break their fast at the Kuwaiti Mosque in Dubai in this photo from January 1998. As the month draws to an end, Muslims are obliged to share their blessings by feeding the poor and giving contributions to the mosques.
The pre-dawn meal of Suhoor provides the energy necessary to maintain a day-long fast. Continuing one's fast through the night and not eating Suhoor is strongly discouraged.
A Ramadan tent at the Holiday Inn Crowne Plaza in Dubai is shown in this photo from January 1998. Hotel Iftars allow people to enjoy a traditional Ramadan atmosphere and authentic Arabian hospitality.
An Arab family gathers near the fire in front of their tent at the Mushrif area of Dubai in this photo from January 1998.
A Ramadan festival takes place in Sharjah in this photo from December 1998. In the UAE, shopping malls organise activities for children and adults while shops, restaurants and cinemas extend their working hours late into the night.
A crowd gathers at Rolla Square as part of a Ramadan festival in January 1999. On the day of Eid Al Fitr, people rise early to prepare for the day, eat breakfast and proceed to the place of the Eid congregation.
The Sharjah Clock Tower is Illuminated for Ramadan in this photo from December 1999. On the occasion of Eid Al Fitr, a sermon is delivered by the Imam, after which people greet, embrace and congratulate each other.

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