With Ramadan about to embrace the Middle East, Hotel News ME takes a look at some of the flavoursome Iftars hotels are presenting their guestsWith Ramadan about to embrace the Middle East, Hotel News ME takes a look at some of the flavoursome Iftars hotels are presenting their guests
Sofitel Downtown Dubai
Sofitel Dubai Downtown is offering guests an authentic Ramadan experience with a scrumptious Iftar buffet at the hotel’s Les Cuisines restaurant. The menu is filled with dishes replicating the authenticity of the region with a mix of cooked seafood, traditional Arabic mezze and a live ouzi station featuring the traditional dish of lamb ouzi. The family themed Iftar is offering diners the experience for AED 185 per person and the menu will be alternating on a weekly basis showcasing the diverse culinary talent of the hotel. The hotel is also offering a lighter way to break fast or a late night where guests can sample the a la carte Ramadan menu at Above, situated on the 5th floor of the hotel. Available from 6pm until 2am presenting a mix of Arabic kebabs, sambusek and falafel, as well as a selection of fresh juices including hibiscus tea (karkade) and tamarin.
Grand Hyatt Dubai
All throughout the holy month of Ramadan, Grand Hyatt Dubai will host a variety of Arabic restaurants from around the region that are known for their heritage and cuisine. The offerings will include the Grand Iftar in the ballroom and Sohour will be present in the Laylati Café where the experiences are set to replicate those in Damascus, Beirut and Cairo through the presence of the hotel’s specialty guest chefs including Habiba Kitchen from Amman that will be presenting the best in kunafeh, a wide selection of classic Arabic drinks will be created by chef Abou Alaa’ from Syria, original Bakdash ice cream from souk Al Hamidiya of Damascus and Gahsh Restaurant of Cairo will be dishing up traditional Egyptian delicacies and foul. Additionally, Egyptian style koshari and Syrian saj manakish will sit alongside the best of Lebanese cuisine from Grand Hyatt’s own Awtar restaurant. The Grand Iftar in the Ballroom will be served everyday from sunset to 9:00PM, costing AED195 per person including soft drinks and AED 95 per child aged from 6-12. Sohour in Laylati Café will be served every day from 8:30 PM to 2:00 AM.
This Ramadan, Raffles is offering guests a somewhat unusual Iftar experience at Azur restaurant with a collaboration supporting Mawaheb Art Studio, an art studio for adults with special needs during the holy month, showcasing their artwork during Iftar with Raffles Dubai encouraging individuals to support this local non-profit organisation. Embracing the spirit of the month, Raffles is set to welcome guests to a fair of oriental delicacies. Leading the Ramadan culinary preparations at Raffles is the newly appointed Arabic head chef Mohammed Okla who has more than 15 years experience spanning across a variety of luxury hotels in the region. The Iftar at Azur holds promise to dazzle the taste buds with a soup station, cold and hot mezze assortments, lamb ouzi and Arabic mixed grill live set-up, followed by traditional Umm Ali and kunafa sweets, additionally a designated beverage station serves a range of traditional Ramadan juices including Tamarind, Qamar Al Deen and Jallab, to complement the overall Iftar experience.
Located in the heart of Dubai under a soaring atrium, Cascades at the Fairmont Dubai is set to showcase international delights for Iftar with a Turkish twist and an extensive array of Arabic mezze, signature salads and grilled specialties. Led by the young Turkish Chef Mustafa Onder, guests can experience Ramadan the Turkish way with kisir, manti, adana kebab and desserts such as baklava and kunefe prepared in the original way. The Iftar buffet is available daily in Cascades during the holy month of Ramadan from sunset until 9:30pm, and is priced at AED 170 per person, including Ramadan juices.
Ajman Palace Hotel
All through Ramadan, the hotel will be serving a lavish Iftar buffet daily at the Majlis Ballroom for AED 120 per person. Ferghal Purcell, general manager of The Ajman Palace Hotel, explained, “we are making elaborate arrangements to offer our guests a unique experience. Setting the mood will be the beautifully decorated lobby leading to the spectacular ballroom. On the lavish buffet will be a wide variety of traditional Arabic delicacies as well as an array of international favourites.”
The Ajman Palace Hotel has also created a special offer for groups of 30 people and more that will be served in a private venue and guests have a choice of three menus available for AED 100, 110 and 120 per person to suit a group’s requirement and budget. In addition, the hotel will be putting up a special air-conditioned tent at the roof-top Nojoom Lounge. Here, the evenings will come alive with traditional games, entertainment and shisha.
Doubletree by Hilton
DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel has revealed this year’s Ramadan Iftar and sohour options at the hotel’s signature Arabic restaurant Al Maeda, offering a selection of traditional Ramadan dishes from the North-Africa and the Levant regions.During the holy month of Ramadan, Al Maeda will be serving an extensive Iftar buffet with a variety of dishes from places across the Arab world including popular lamb tagine with traditional Lentil Soup and sweet umm ali. Other dishes will also be collectively representative from Egypt, Syria and Lebanon to name a few. The Iftar experience is also set to be enhanced with live performances by a trio playing Oud, Tabla and Kanun and the most popular TV shows will be shown in screens across the restaurant. For guests looking for a late breakfast, Al-Maeda will also be offering an A-la-carte sohour menu which will include premium and standard platters.
Jumeirah Zabeel Saray
This year Zabeel Saray are offering Iftar in five of their restaurants, including Iftar in the Sultans Lounge which is set in the lobby of the resort and will offer an array of authentic Arabian delights. Imperium restaurant will be showcasing tradition with a twist with a generous Iftar spread featuring international cuisine as diners can enjoy breaking fast whilst gazing out over the landscaped gardens of the terrace. Al Nafoorah restaurant will be presenting a taste of Lebanon with a wide spread of mezze, main courses and desserts in surroundings which echo the Arabian influences of the Gulf. Lalezar will have an Anatolian Iftar with a touch of Ottoman magnificence offering guests the experience to relish exquisite Turkish delicacies and desserts served family style complemented by traditional Samovar-brewed tea and Turkish coffee and finally a tribute to Arabic culture at Masrah where the MusicHall will be transformed to Masrah Ramadan where guests can discover the spirit of the blessed time through an innovative concept by Michel Elefteriades. An à la carte sohour menu will be offering a selection of Arabic mezze, main courses and Ramadan beverages will be complemented by live performances showcasing talent from the Arab world in harmony with the spirit of the Holy Month.
Mövenpick Hotel Ibn Battuta Gate
Guests can break their fast with the descent of the sun amidst the perfect backdrop of Al Bahou’s stunning 88 Arabic lanterns at the Mövenpick Hotel Ibn Battuta Gate.
The Gate will be offering a sumptuous Iftar buffet inspired by Ibn Battuta’s travels through India, Italy, Morocco and Asia, accompanied by the soothing sounds of a traditional Oud player.
Al Bahou’s Iftar will feature a customary range of luscious dates and homemade Ramadan drinks, alongside an extensive spread of traditional Iftar dishes from all over the world, including; Moroccan Chorba, Middle Eastern Mujadarra, Khyar Bi Ladan as well as an array of cold and hot mezzes featuring hommus, babaganouj, kebbeh, fatayer and sambousek. There will also be a widespread selection of sweets and desserts including; umm ali, kunafeh, qatayef katayef, saffron mohalabia and madlouka.
The Address Dubai Marina
The Address Dubai Marina, will be hosting Iftar in the Constellation Ballroom
where guests can mark the season of camaraderie with some sincere traditional hospitality. An Iftar buffet will be served complemented by refreshing Ramadan juices, in the stylish setting of the Ballroom, located on the 4th floor.
Featuring an extensive selection of seasonal favourites, Arabic flavours, and international dishes with an Asian flair, including a variety of sweets and deserts. The hotel will also be offering an extensive array of shisha flavours, and an a- la-carte sohour are to be enjoyed at Shades, from 8pm onwards as well.
The Palace Downtown Dubai
The Arabesque appeal of The Palace Downtown Dubai is set to come alive with the taste of traditional cuisine at Ewaan, and Iftar is the perfect time to savour it with an iconic Ramadan tent welcoming guests to sample the authentic flavours served up for the Iftar buffet. The buffet will begin from sunset until 9pm priced at AED 230 per person, inclusive of Ramadan juices and water. Additionally,
Ewaan will also be offering Souhour as the evening progresses into night-time, the iconic Ewaan Ramadan tent in an air-conditioned comfort whilst the lakeside tents offer unparalleled views of the Burj Lake and Burj Khalifa.