Dubai Police turn artillery shells into artwork

By Rajive Singh

DUBAIĀ 22 October 2017: Dubai Police General HQ has recycled empty artillery shells fired by the force’s cannon during the Holy Month of Ramadan, to create a piece of art inspired by the religious atmosphere of the holy month which gathers the family at the Iftar table.

Major General Muhammad Saeed Al Marri, Assistant Commandant for Community Happiness and Logistics at Dubai Police, said the artwork, dubbed ‘The Family’, is inspired by the creative atmosphere of the Holy Month of Ramadan. The Family is an innovative piece that reflects moments the Dubai Police has shared with the public, marking the special moments of Iftar and Eid announcements, he continued.

Al Marri added that the Dubai Police General HQ have worked on the final arrangements and remain on standby to fire the cannons that will announce the sighting of the new crescent and the start of Ramadan in 2018, a tradition that began as early as 1960.

Major General Al Marri explained that the artwork consists of 30 artillery shells fired by the Dubai Police’s cannon last Ramadan. He explained that each round contains a Qur’an verse circling its circumference in gold to match the colour of the shell made of non-rusting metal. All 30 artillery shells harmonise aesthetically with four intersecting silver circles to reflect the convergence of one UAE family and its interdependence and joy during the month of Ramadan.

The British-made 25 PDR MK1L Canons piece artillery has a sound intensity of 170 decibels and is used annually to announce the start of the Holy Month of Ramadan, the time for Muslims to break their fast, as well as the commencement of Eid al-Fitr celebrations.

Dubai Police Ramadan cannons are usually located in various locations across the emirate, namely, Burj Khalifa, Eid prayer grounds in Deira and Bur Dubai, Safa Park and the Jumeirah Beach Residence.