Relishing Iftar fares at Dubai hotels

Celebrating the holy month of Ramadan has become a fusion of culture and religion. Come Iftar and Suhour and families are seen heading to either tents or popular restaurants in different hotels across Dubai.

By Lily B Libo-on

Published: Mon 16 Aug 2010, 12:31 AM

Last updated: Thu 2 Apr 2015, 11:11 AM

Most Iftar venues in hotels are bedecked with Arabic and Ramadan themes. Others have gone beyond that by putting up special tents overlooking the most tranquil of surroundings. And they all have their own special way of wooing families, with Iftar food specialties playing a major role.

The latest among the Jumeirah hotels, Jumeirah the Meydan Dubai, offers Iftar choices in excellent packages. It has a Japanese spread at its Japanese Restaurant and a lavish spread of traditional Ramadan fare and Arabic dishes at Farriers Restaurant. And Suhoor is set in the Meydan Hotel Ballroom and Terrace overlooking a lit-up racetrack, between 8pm and 2.30am.

According to Karim Bizid, hotel manager, the buffet at Farriers Restaurant also includes continental cuisine and global classics. “We provide various packages providing excellent value and quality service. Currently, we are also offering special GCC residents packages and exclusive ladies packages,” said Bizid.

Ramadan promotions at the Renaissance Hotel started on August 5. From Iftar until 7.45pm, Spice Island displays a wide selection of Arabic delicacies to break the fast.

Yasmine Hidalgo, Marketing & PR Manager of Renaissance Hotel, said that the hotel’s Spice Island is offering families a unique international cuisine and a wide array of traditional Arabic salads, fresh grilled meats, shawarma and special Ramadan juices accompanied by fresh fruits and oriental and international desserts.

“Baklava will not be forgotten in the usual fantastic oriental and international desserts. The routine Spice Island buffet and beverages are being served from 8pm during the holy month of Ramadan.

“Our merry curry promotion features unique flavours from the exotic Spice Islands — India, Sri Lanka, Singapore, Thailand and Malaysia. Simply select your choice of meat and sauce and our cooks will prepare your preferred curry, right in front of you, according to what your heart desires.

Choose from Thai green chicken curry, Goan vegetable curry, Malaysian beef curry or spicy prawn curry from Sri Lanka, to name just a few. You can even make your own curry creation on the spot, with the help of our chefs,” she said.

Dusit Thani Dubai has given a unique twist to its annual affair, thus enhancing the opportunity for families and friends to rekindle their ties and celebrate the season.

Nikki Famador, PR and MARCOM Executive, said that the hotel is offering the best of Arabic, Italian and Royal Thai cuisine complimented by the Thai hospitality that is distinctively Dusit.

Families can experience a sumptuous Iftar feast from three restaurants in one setting on the hotel’s 24th floor.

The location in itself symbolises accord as it is the atrium connecting three of Dusit Thani Dubai’s finest outlets—PAX, serving Italian specialties; The Californian, bringing the best of Dubai’s buffet circuit, and Benjarong, the signature restaurant known for its Royal Thai cuisine.

The Arabic favourites such as Roasted Lamb Ouzi with Oriental Rice and Nuts, Chicken Molokhiah, and Sharhat Moutafaya alongside Italian delights from PAX like Meat Cannelloni with Mushroom Cream Sauce, Chicken Milanese, and Scottadito of Lamb are among the favourites at Dusit’s Iftar. The hotel’s Iftar also offers Thai cuisine’s best, including Gaen Kiew Wan Gai (Chicken Green Curry), Pad Thai, Pla Pad Khuen Chai (Fried Red Snapper with Celery and Chilli), and its signature dish, Gaeng Pet Ped Yang (Roasted Duck Red Curry) from its Royal Thai cuisine restaurant, Benjarong. “Families and their friends can enjoy the unique Iftar experience daily throughout Ramadan between 6.30pm and 8.30pm, inclusive of Ramadan juices and mineral water,” Famador said.

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