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Where to go and what to do during the Holy Month

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Published: Tue 23 Aug 2011, 10:06 AM

Last updated: Tue 7 Apr 2015, 6:57 AM

THE RAMADAN & Eid Fair continues at the Expo Centre Sharjah until September 3.

The shopping and entertainment event has more than 150 exhibitors from Turkey to China, with Thailand a strong presence as well.

Check out local handicraft products, religious seminars, the food court, cookery demonstrations, fun rides, free health check-ups, quiz competitions, workshops for kids, face painting and magic shows.

Plus the raffle draw on September 2 offers prizes including a Nissan Altima, Emirates Airlines tickets plus Dhs20,000.

The Ramadan & Eid Fair is open from 9pm to 1am during Ramadan (until 2am on weekends) and 5pm to 11pm during Eid. Entry and parking are free. See www.expo-centre.ae or call 06 599 1177.

THE RAMADA SHARJAH invites guests to sample everything from a buffet to a set menu to a la carte options at its international restaurant Zaafraan and Jasmine Café.

The Iftar buffet at Zaafraan features fresh salads, cold cuts, hot mezzeh, breads, soup, and international favourites including lasagna and grilled lamb skewers.

The live cooking station boasts Arabic, Mediterranean, Spanish and Italian cuisines, plus numerous desserts and fruits.

The Iftar lasts from sundown to 11pm and costs Dhs85 per head, or try Suhoor until 3am for Dhs55 per head.

Jasmine Café is open every day from 7pm to 2am during the Holy Month, offering traditional refreshments, teas, coffees and mocktails.

Until Thursday, the hotel is also offering cheap deals on overnight stays – Dhs375 for a one-bedroom apartment including Iftar and Suhoor for two people, and Dhs599 for a two-bedroom apartment including Iftar and Suhoor for four people. See www.ramada-sharjah.com.

IT’S NOT TOO late to enjoy a free night’s stay at Le Méridien Al Aqah Beach Resort in Fujairah when you book two nights.

The offer, which ends on August 30, starts for Dhs349 per person per night on a twin sharing basis, plus a gourmet Iftar and Suhoor during weekdays. Two children under the age of 12 can also come along at no additional cost.

Try Arabic and international cuisine at The Views restaurant, and check out the Layali Al Aqah tent from 8pm to 1am.

For more information, call 09 244 9000, e-mail reservations@lemeridien-alaqah.com or visit www.facebook.com/LeMeridienAlAqah.

THE GRAND MILLENNIUM Al Wahda has held a collection drive for drought victims.

Over the course of a week, boxes in the staff cafeteria of the Abu Dhabi hotel were filled with clothes, books and toys, which will go towards those suffering the drought in East Africa.

AS THE END of Ramadan approaches, try a tasty Iftar at the Mizaan restaurant of the Monarch Hotel Dubai, Sheikh Zayed Road.

The Dhs125 menu contains traditional Arabic specialties including chicken shawarma, 50 hot and cold mezzes and a dessert station with Arabic and international desserts.

See www.themonarchdubai.com or call 04 501 8888.

FROM AUGUST 28 to September 8, The Westin Dubai Mina Seyahi Beach Resort is charging Dhs1,150 per night for a deluxe sea view room including breakfast.

You can book by calling 04 399 4141 and quoting the reference ‘Time Out’. The stay excludes service charge and tax.


Tabbouleh(from Al Dawar, Dubai’s only revolving rooftop restaurant at Hyatt Regency Dubai & Galleria)

Serves 4 persons


Parsley 700g

Tomato, diced 300g

Spring Onion, chopped 40g Crushed Wheat, washed 100g

Mint Leaves, chopped 30g

Olive Oil 20ml

Lemon Juice 10ml

Salt 10g

Local Lettuce 80g


· Chop parsley and wash.

· Chop tomato and spring onion into 1cm cubes.

· Mix all the ingredients together and after plating, garnish with some diced tomato.

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