Cannons will be fired to mark the commencement of the Festival of Sacrifice at seven locations across Dubai, as announced by the police on Saturday. "All preparations have been finalized to declare Eid Al Adha through the firing of cannons at the designated locations," stated Lt-Col Abdullah Tarish Al Amimi, the leader of the cannon team. The cannons, which will be discharged at approximately 5.45am following the Eid prayers, can be witnessed at the following sites: Za'abeel Grand Mosque in Za'abeel, Eid prayer grounds in Umm Suqeim, Nad Al Hamar, Al Barsha, Nad Al Sheba, Al Baraha, and Hatta. The firing of cannons is an integral part of the UAE's cultural legacy. It is traditionally used during the sacred month of Ramadan to signify the time for Iftar. For Eid Al Adha and Eid Al Fitr, it serves to herald the beginning of the festivities. "[This tradition] is profoundly ingrained in the collective memory of the community," remarked Lt-Col Al Tamimi.