Muslims Break Fast Twice on Burj Khalifa

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Dubai’s Burj Khalifa, a symbol of modern engineering and architectural wonder, stands tall in the city.

It stands 828 meters or 2,716 feet tall, making it the tallest building in the world. The tower stands out in the city’s skyline as a landmark of human innovation and creativity.

Did you know the building has unique significance during Ramadan? During Ramadan, Muslims worldwide fast, pray, reflect, and practice community as part of the Islamic calendar. Islam urges its followers to fast from dawn to sunset during Ramadan, one of its Five Pillars.

Three Minutes Wait

On the top floors of Burj Khalifa, residents must wait longer to break their fast than those on the ground floor because of its height. Residents on the top floors must wait an additional few minutes before breaking their fast because sunset occurs later than on the lower floors.

Dubai’s top cleric Mohammed al-Qubaisi has instructed residents living above the 80th floor to wait three minutes more before breaking their fast, while those living above the 150th floor must wait three minutes more.

Something is fascinating about considering how the height of the Burj Khalifa can profoundly affect an ancient religious tradition.

The design and height of the building have been incorporated into Dubai’s cultural heritage and serve as a symbol of the city’s inclusivity and diversity. The Burj Khalifa’s unique Ramadan implications are just one of the many ways the structure has come to represent cutting-edge engineering and cultural heritage.

The Burj Khalifa will endure as a symbol of human ingenuity and creativity, reminding us of the boundless potential of the human spirit as Dubai develops and changes.

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