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Fancy some bedouin-style iftar? Or suhoor under the stars?

Here’s some suggestions to help you make Ramadan a memorable one.

[Source photo: Anvita Gupta/Fast Company Middle East]

The holy month of Ramadan is here. What’s interesting is how with the sighting of the moon, everyone prepares for a special season. It’s a time to be mindful and meditative. It signals a time to align with peace and retract from the humdrum of everyday life. Breaking fast is a time to connect with family and friends. Restaurants across the Middle East have special menus to make iftar a memorable time. Here are some interesting culinary experiences to savor this month.  

Suhoor under the stars 

Credits:Fairmont The Palm

For a serene atmosphere, look no further than Dubai’s Fairmont The Palm’s garden tent buffet. This peaceful setting features a diverse selection of local and international dishes to satisfy any palate. Immerse yourself in the soothing oud music as you enjoy your meal. 

A taste of Najd

Credits: Najd Village Restaurant

Savor the authentic flavors of Najd cuisine influenced by the region’s desert climates. Najd dishes are dominated by rich stews, wheat, and rice dishes cooked with fragrant spices. Enjoy your fast with an experience of the true taste of Najd in an ambiance that reflects the region’s cultural legacy at Riyadh’s Najd Village Restaurant. 

Traditional aromatic food 

Credits: Hilton Riyadh Hotel and Residences

Experience a diverse range of Ramadan offerings at Hilton Riyadh Hotel and Residences. Gather with loved ones at the Amara Ramadan tent or embark on a culinary journey of authentic Armenian cuisine at Mayrig. The Hilton buffet features global cuisines, as well as authentic beverages such as fizzy ruman, paloma, jallab, tamar hindi, and karkadeh. Save room for an indulgent selection of desserts, including um ali and chocolate souffle. 

A farm-to-table experience 

Credits: Emirates Bio Farm

If you want to escape the flashy iftar spreads and immerse in an authentic experience, head to Emirates Bio Farm, the largest organic farm in the UAE. Enjoy iftar amid the tranquil setting of a greenhouse, featuring a blend of traditional Arabic cuisine with a farmer’s twist. Sample dishes such as pumpkin kibbeh and beetroot mutabbal, and lamb slow-cooked in an earthen oven.

Go for Ramadan classics

Credits: Aamara

Aamara in UAE offers a delectable iftar feast by infusing Indian ingredients with Ramadan classics. Their specially curated menu features biryani with expertly spiced curries. Indulge in a selection of desserts to cap off your evening. 

If you fancy modern Cantonese cuisine 

Credits:Hakkasan Doha

At Hakkasan Doha, indulge in an iftar menu that showcases the best of the restaurant’s offerings. Savor dishes such as fried soft-shell crab, a trio of dim sum, and stir-fried prawns among others. This culinary journey is sure to leave your taste buds satisfied and your stomach full. 

Delight in outdoor feasting

Credits: Four Seasons Hotel Doha

Experience panoramic views of the Arabian Gulf and city skyline at the Four Seasons Hotel Doha while enjoying the fresh sea breeze under beautiful illuminating arches and floating lanterns. Delight in an outdoor feast featuring a selection of dishes complemented by a variety of live cooking stations. With a rotating menu of global cuisine, each day offers a unique culinary experience. 

Enjoy a four-course dinner

Credits: Nobu Doha

If you’re looking for a dining experience that is both luxurious and memorable, Nobu Doha promises a gastronomic adventure that celebrates the spirit of the season. In celebration of Ramadan, Nobu has crafted an exclusive Iftar four-course set menu, or choose from your favorite dishes while basking in the breathtaking views of the Doha skyline. 

Feast on favorites

Credits: Armani Hotel Dubai

Indulge in a delicious buffet featuring seasonal favorites and signature dishes at Armani Hotel Dubai, located in the heart of Downtown Dubai. It offers a serene atmosphere with live performances from oud and tabla musicians throughout the evening. 

A big fat Greek iftar  

Credits: Meraki

If you fancy breaking away from the traditional flavors, Riyadh’s Meraki restaurant offers rich flavors of Greek-influenced Mediterranean cuisine. Relax and enjoy your iftar or suhoor in the serene Greek-styled ambiance.

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