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A special time for reflection, contemplation and appreciation, Ramadan is a holy month for sharing with family and friends. It’s a time for remembering what really matters in life, letting go of negativity and welcoming healthy thoughts for you and those around you. Ramadan is also an occasion of celebration, with Iftars and Suhour meals that bring everyone together across the world – and particularly here in the Middle East. In the UAE alone, you’ll find celebrations from both ends of the spectrum, from grand Iftar tents and ballrooms with lavish culinary offerings, to small hole-in-the-wall roadside outlets. But no matter the scene, you’ll find one consistent – traditional, welcoming Arabic hospitality, and a lot (we mean, a lot) of mouthwatering food, made with soul and cherished recipes that have been passed down through the generations.
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In this book, you’ll find a range of Iftar and Suhour offerings, authentic Middle Eastern recipes to get into the spirit of things at home, plus nutrition advice for what you should and shouldn’t be doing during the holy month. This month, more than any other in the year, sees the UAE celebrate its heritage and traditional identity and values. Whether you’re participating or not, this month is a time for respecting and treasuring the magical place we live. I hope our Arabic Eats guide helps you to discover new culinary delights, and learn a little something new about this special month you didn’t already know.
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CONTENTS May 2018
CONTENTS Inside youâ€™ll find a fantastic range of Iftar and Suhour offerings, as well as authentic Middle Eastern recipes to get into the spirit of things at home this Ramadan.
Al Khalidiya Palace p.04 Bab Al Shams p.06 Bateel p.08 Dukes Dubai p.10 Hyatt Palace p.14 Kempinski M.O.E p.16 Lapita p.18 Le Gourmet p.20 Marriott International p.22 Melia Dubai p.26 Novotel Al Barsha p.28 Rennaissance Downtown p.30 Rixos Premium p.32 Sofitel Downtown p.34 St. Regis Dubai p.38 The Meydan Hotel p.40
40 ARABIC EATS
BOOK NOW! Horizon restaurant Tel: +971(0)2 6570152 Rotana.com
HORIZON RESTAURANT Khalidiya Palace Rayhaan by Rotana, Abu Dhabi
Experience the magical sensations of the holy month of Ramadan at Khalidiya Palace Rayhaan by Rotana, overlooking the beautiful shores of the Arabian sea and Presidential Palace. Break your fast while you enjoy a relaxing atmosphere overlooking the stunning garden, pool and palm trees landscape. The restaurant features separate indoor and outdoor sections.
Horizon restaurant welcomes you for Iftar buffet with a wide-range of local and international specialties spread throughout the salad bar, hot buffet and live cooking stations. The dessert buffet includes a delicious wide variety of offerings such as freshly made kunafa and umm ali. Hydrate your body with your choice of traditional Ramadan juices and dry fruits section too. For Sohour, the night will shine at the seaside Khaymetna tent with live entertainment, great atmosphere and à la carte selection, from 8pm until 2:30am. Enjoy freshly made delicacies from cold and hot mezzeh to meter kebab.
NEED TO KNOW Iftar: Sunset – 10.30pm at Horizon restaurant Sohour: 8 pm until 2:30am in the Khaymetna tent AED 185 per person for Iftar buffet from sunset until 10.30pm Children below 6 dine for free and between 6 to 12 dine with a 50% discount when accompanied by a paying adult Sohour is served à la carte at the Khaymetna tent * Price is in UAE dirhams and inclusive of 10% service charge, 6% tourism fee, 4% municipality fee and 5% VAT. Other terms and conditions apply. Special group discount: Book for 10 persons and get 1 seat complimentary. Book for 100 persons and get 10 seats complimentary.
EXPERIENCE THE GLORY OF RAMADAN
AT AL HADHEERAH TENT Cherish the spirit of Ramadan in the heart of the desert at the fully air-conditioned Al Hadheerah tent in Bab Al Shams. Enjoy an extensive culinary feast featuring more than 10 live cooking stations for a completely unique Ramadan experience. Delve into the traditions of ancient Arabia with mesmerising camel and horse caravan shows. AED 265 per person from Sunday to Wednesday AED 295 per person every Thursday, Friday and Saturday
+971 4 809 6498 babalshams.com/ramadan /babalshamshotel
Bab Al Shams Desert Resort & Spa Tel: +971 4 8096194 BAS.Restaurants@meydanhotels.com babalshams.com/ramadan #DreamBabAlShams
BAB AL SHAMS DESERT RESORT & SPA Dubai Desert
Celebrate with your loved ones this Ramadan at Al Hadheerah outdoor desert restaurant, which has been transformed into a luxurious fully air-conditioned tent at the award-winning Bab Al Shams Desert Resort & Spa, and explore the ‘1001 Arabian Nights’ authentic Iftar experience, with a lavish buffet and a special live program.
Considered as one of Dubai’s authentic landmarks, award-winning Al Hadheerah desert restaurant has become a dining destination of its own, recommended by Dubai residents to its guests and visitors, offering a true taste of Arabia with its exclusive location in the golden desert of Dubai. With its transformation to Al Hadheerah Ramadan tent during the holy month, this authentic experience promises a majestic Arabian journey to its visitors, offering a one-of-a-kind Ramadan celebration with its extensive culinary feast featuring more than nine live cooking stations.
This exquisite Iftar buffet at Al Hadheerah Ramadan tent, created by the talented culinary team, presents mouthwatering delicacies from famous Middle Eastern and international cuisines featuring Emirati, Egyptian, Syrian and Lebanese culinary creations together with Moroccan, Omani and Iranian savory selections as well as special dishes from India and Turkey. This lavish buffet offers nine interactive cooking stations including Arabic BBQ grill, ‘ouzi makmour’ together with ‘shawerma’ and Arabic bread-baking stations. Vegetarian guests are welcome to taste selected traditional and well-known dishes including Egyptian ‘koshary’, ‘falafel’ and ‘Foul mudames, Lebanese ‘cheese and zatar manakeesh’ and Turkish ‘mixed dulma’ together with a wide variety of Arabic salads that satisfy every taste. To continue this culinary feast, foodies with impeccable taste will enjoy lovingly made dessert buffet offering an Arabic and international desserts journey carefully prepared by the talented international pastry team.
NEED TO KNOW TIMES
Iftar is available daily throughout the month of Ramadan from sunset to 11.30pm. Sohour is available at Al Sarab Rooftop from 8.00pm to 1.00am.
Iftar is priced at AED 265 (including food, still water, Ramadan juices, soft drinks and Arabic coffee - price inclusive VAT) from Sunday to Wednesday and at AED 295 per person (including food, still water, Ramadan juices, soft drinks and Arabic coffee – price inclusive VAT) from Thursday to Saturday. Children up to 4 years enjoy complimentary Iftar, and a 50% discount for children from 5 to 12 years old will be applied. Sohour will be charged as per the a la carte menu.
BOOK NOW! Tel: 800BATEEL email@example.com www.bateel.com
30 locations across the GCC
Café Bateel is the home of gourmet Mediterranean cuisine and proud winner of BBC Good Food Middle East’s Best Café award for the last two years. Offering a lighter and healthier alternative to the usual lavish buffets, Café Bateel will delight diners this Ramadan with a nutritious selection of some of its most popular dishes to share, along with a few new surprises to reflect the season.
The Iftar experience commences with a taste of quality and tradition as guests are invited to break their fast with Bateel’s finest organic dates and freshly squeezed juices. Menu highlights include Bateel’s innovative quinoa tabbouleh, a delectable new beetroot hummus, the ever-popular mushroom risotto and healthy grilled salmon and quinoa. To end the meal, a medley of desserts is presented and showcases Bateel’s all-new qahwa ice cream, destined to be the dessert of the season. Created by Bateel’s talented Chefs, this new delicately-flavoured ice cream is served alongside Bateel’s famous qahwa and rhutab dates to be enjoyed affogato-style.
NEED TO KNOW The Iftar menu will be available at all Café Bateel locations across the GCC through the Holy Month of Ramadan from Sunset. The four course menu is priced at just 120 per person (minimum two persons) and includes dates and welcome drinks. Available from sunset onwards. Delivery and take away available all day by calling 800 BATEEL (800 228 335) or WhatsApp +971 56 522 1237
DUKES DUBAI The Great British Restaurant, Palm Jumeirah
NEED TO KNOW
Enter a world where quintessential British charm meets cosmopolitan luxury for a truly memorable stay. DUKES Dubai, located on Palm Jumeirah with spectacular views of the Arabian Gulf framed by the iconic Dubai Marina Skyline. DUKES Dubai not only brings you the best of both worlds whether staying on leisure or business, but also brings you the best of British with an exquisite array of restaurants, lounges and the legendary DUKES Bar.
Price for Iftar: AED 185 per person including soft drinks and Ramadan juices AED 165 per person for groups of 10 guests or more Children 0 - 5 years are complimentary Children 6 - 12 years is AED 95 per child
Iftar: Sunset until 9:00 pm Suhoor: 9:30pm until 02:30 am
Celebrate this Ramadan in a truly palatial setting with your family and friends. Indulge in an abundant spread of sumptuous traditional Middle Eastern specialties, cuisines from around the world and local traditional delicacies, with chefs demonstrating expertise at the live cooking stations and listen to the dulcet tones from our Oud musician.
BOOK NOW! www.dukeshotel.com call +971 (0) 4 455 1111
WARAK ENAB MAHSHI INGREDIENTS
225g Grape Leaves 1 Cup Chickpeas, Drained and Rinsed 1 Onion, Finely Chopped 3 Cups Parsley, Chopped 3 Cups Tomatoes, Diced ¼ Cup Mint Leaves, Finely Chopped 1 Cup Rice, Washed ½ Cup Olive Oil ¾ Cup Lemon Juice Salt & Pepper to Taste 2 Potatoes, Cut in Rings
1. 2. 3. 4. 5.
Soak the grape (vine) leaves in hot water for 2 minutes, remove and set aside. To make the filling, combine chickpeas, onion, parsley, tomatoes, mint, rice, oil, lemon juice, salt and pepper. Open flat the vine leaves on a board and put 1 teaspoon of the filling in the center, fold 2 sides over filling and roll up tightly like a small cigar. Repeat this step till you finish all the stuffing or all the leaves. Place the potatoes in the bottom of the saucepan. Layer tightly all the stuffed wine leaves, cover with water and season with salt. Use a plate as a lid. Choose a plate that fits inside the saucepan and top the leaves with upside down. This will prevent the wines leaves from opening. Cook on low heat for 1 hour. Serve cold.
GALLERY CAFĂ‰ AT HYATT PLACE Dubai Al Rigga
Find yourself in the heart of Deira as we create a unique dining experience for you. Celebrate the rich tradition of Ramadan with family and friends over a choice of pan-Arabian and international cuisine. Just steps away from the iconic Deira clock tower, amidst the bustling Muraqqaabat street, a casual dining restaurant awaits you with a delicious buffet displayed in its open kitchen. Offering private dining rooms, long tables, cozy seats and special customised tables, the restaurant provides various styles of seating to suit your needs.
Start your food journey with an assortment of mezza, fresh fruits, Arabic dry fruits and dates along with traditional drinks of labneh (local buttermilk), tamar hindi and jelab. Build your appetite with shorba adas and harira and transition to the eclectic spread of lamb oozi, Moroccan khus khus, kebab halla, khabsa dil dajaj, and bamia bil laham. You will also find international favorites on the menu to play with your palate. Culminate your food journey with the traditional baklava, basbousa, khunafa, eish el saraya and lokma balls. They say that you canâ€™t miss the mulukhiya dil dajaj here, made especially for Iftar. With the soft Arabic music coupled with relaxing ambient lighting, welcome to a different place that will indulge conversations and create memories.
NEED TO KNOW Iftar: 7.00 p.m. to 11.00 p.m. every day AED 79 per person from 7.00 p.m. to 11.00 p.m. Free for children below 6 years. AED 45 for children below 12 years. For reservations, call +971 56 994 5539 or +971 56 991 8897
A MEMORABLE RAMADAN AT KEMPINSKI HOTEL MALL OF THE EMIRATES Experience the holy month of Ramadan with family and friends in the charming surroundings of Olea and the exquisite Marquee. Enjoy a selection of succulent grills and live cooking stations, and be serenaded with traditional Oud entertainment. Pamper yourself and book an exclusive Iftar experience, with a private Chef in one of our Aspen Ski Chalets. It promises to be an Iftar you wonâ€™t forget! For reservations call +971 4 409 5999 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Kempinski Mall of the Emirates Tel: +971 4 409 5999 email@example.com kempinski.com/en/dubai/ mall-of-the-emirates/
KEMPINSKI MALL OF THE EMIRATES Olea Restaurant
SHEIKH EL MAHSHI By Chef Sudqi Serves 5
INGREDIENTS 15 pieces of zucchini, 70g per piece 450g lamb shoulder, minced 50g lamb fat, minced 100g onion, chopped
60g garlic, chopped 40g pine nuts, roasted 100ml olive oil
Method for the Zucchini: 1 In a medium heated pan, add the lamb fat and 20 ml of the olive oil till hot then add the lamb fat until melting, then sautĂŠ the onion till soft, add the garlic and cook for 10 minutes. Add the minced lamb and cook for 20 minutes then add the spices and pine nuts and remove 2 Once cooled, fill the zucchinis with the minced lamb mixture 3 In a separate sauce pan add the remaining olive oil and fry the zucchinis till golden brown and set them a side Method for yogurt sauce: 1 Pour the yogurt and egg in a pot and place in a medium heated pan for 10 minutes. Once the yogurt reached 60C add the chicken stock and bring to the boil. Reduce the heat and add the corn starch, salt and black pepper and keeping stirring until the mixture becomes think, then remove from the stove. In a separate pan add the olive oil and chopped garlic and stir until golden brown. Add the chopped mint leafs and remove from the stove. Pour over the top of the yogurt.
RAMADAN AT OLEA RESTAURANT AND MARQUEE From only AED 210 per person, get together with loved ones over a delicious Ramadan buffet prepared in true Levantine style, in Olea restaurant and exquisite Marquee. Enjoy a delicious variety of hot and cold mezzah and main dishes including beef oyster, chicken maqlooba, lamb okra, lamb mansaf, veal osso bucco, shrimp mutaffa and much more. Quench your thirst with traditional Ramadan juices such as amareddin, jallab, laban ayran, mint lemonade and ward. For diners who wish to pamper themselves and their families, book an exclusive Ramadan experience, with a private Chef in one of the stunning Aspen Ski Chalets for only AED 650 per person.
Method for finishing the plate: 2 Place the zucchinis inside the yoghurt sauce and cook all together for 15 minutes on a low heat to make sure the filling does not fall out of the zucchinis, the dish is ready once the zucchinis are soft and tender 3 Place them on plate and garnish with saffron leaves, pine nuts olive oil and mini cress leaves.
at Lapita Hotel, Dubai Parks and Resorts Family and friends are invited to experience Ramadan with a Polynesian twist at Lapita Hotel located in the heart of Dubai Parks and Resorts. Indulge in a sumptuous Iftar buffet at Kalea restaurant and enjoy a stay exactly like nothing else at this tropical island-themed paradise.
IFTAR BUFFET AT KALEA
RAMADAN ROOM PACKAGE
Welcome the setting of the sun and journey through an extensive international buffet including soft beverages, available throughout Ramadan from sunset till 11pm
Enjoy an unforgettable stay within spacious, Polynesian themed rooms with a choice of breakfast or Iftar
AED 160 per adult
AED 75 per child (4-12 years old)
Prices starting from AED 735 per room per night firstname.lastname@example.org
Tel +971 4 810 9999
Tel +971 4 810 9421
Exactly like nothing else. Lapita, Dubai Parks and Resorts, Autograph Collection Hotels Dubai Parks and Resorts, Sheikh Zayed Road, P.O. Box 334221, Dubai, UAE ExperienceLapita.com/Ramadan | LapitaHotel | LapitaHotel | LapitaHotelDubai
For restaurant reservations, call +971 4 810 9421 or email lapita.restaurantreservations@ autographhotels.com
KALEA, LAPITA, DUBAI PARKS AND RESORTS Autograph Collection Hotels
NEED TO KNOW The venue
Experience a blend of traditional and innovative dishes at the international iftar buffet with the Polynesian and Arabic-themed dĂŠcor and family-friendly ambience at Kalea restaurant. Children may enjoy complimentary access to the Luna & Nova Kids and Teens Club until 10.00pm, which offers an array of engaging games and activities including limbo, musical statues, board, card and video games, dancing, movie screenings, face painting, henna tattoos and arts and crafts projects.
Iftar will be available every day throughout the holy month of Ramadan from sunset to 11:00pm. AED 160 per person with soft beverages and Ramadan juices AED 75 per child from 4 to 12 years old (including complimentary access to the Luna & Nova Kids and Teens Club from sunset to 10:00pm)
The buffet will feature an enticing selection of cuisine from all corners of the globe and an assortment of customary iftar specialties including a lamb ouzi station, a selection of Arabic hot and cold mezze and Ramadan specialty juices as well as a range of live grill stations and a plethora of delicious desserts.
City Walk - ‘My Morocco at your table’ by Chef Hanane Ouaddahou Iftar menu: AED 125 per adult
Ramadan opening hours: 8:00 AM onwards (dine-in, takeaway and delivery) Tel: +971.4.403.3033
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The Dubai Mall - ‘Indulge in our grand Iftar selections with live stations’ Iftar buffet: AED 165 per adult | AED 85 per child (7-12 y/o)
Ramadan opening hours: 10:00 AM onwards (takeaway and delivery) | dine-in from sunset onwards Tel: +971.4.339.9933 ext. 2394
The Outlet Village - ‘Keep your Iftar light’ Iftar menu: AED 65 per adult
Ramadan opening hours: sunset onwards (dine-in, takeaway and delivery) Tel: +971.4.339.9933 ext. 2997
Events & Catering - ‘Iftar at Home’ Events & Catering
Call: +971.50.654.9388 Email: Lafayette.email@example.com
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BOOK NOW! Iftar at Home Tel: +971 50 654 9388
GALERIES LAFAYETTE LE GOURMET City Walk, The Dubai Mall, The Outlet Village
“I love the idea of family-style dining, bringing family and friends together around the table to share some home-cooked dishes. It’s something that perhaps we don’t do enough of or have the time for. The holy month of Ramadan is the perfect time to slow down and reflect on what’s important. With our Iftar menus; we are aiming to do just that: enable you to spend time around the table with your loved ones enjoying incredible, authentic dishes”, says chef Russell Impiazzi, culinary director at Le Gourmet. Throughout Ramadan, the specialty grocery of Le Gourmet - City Walk turns into a true Moroccan souk - featuring a variety of pickles, olives, olive oils, spices and more, perfect for gifting. Allowing you to recreate traditional Moroccan dishes, every Sunday during Ramadan from 5pm until after Iftar, chef Hanane will be teaching recipes on the Iftar Menu at Table Talk for AED350 per person. At Table Talk, from April 29th to August 31st, you’ll also find Mawaheb artists’ work being exhibited and sold.
Iftar at Le Gourmet
During Ramadan, Galeries Lafayette Le Gourmet at City Walk is bringing Morocco to your table, oﬀering a set menu featuring traditional dishes. The restaurant will also serve à-la-carte options featuring six international cuisines from L’Asian, L’Italien, L’Indien, Le Café, Le Sushi and Le Grill, and Iftar delivery. Meanwhile at Galeries Lafayette Le Gourmet, Dubai Mall, you’ll find a multi-kitchen experience on offer, featuring everything from bespoke salads, Arabian grills, Moroccan delicacies to classic Ouzi, completed with the tastes and ﬂavours from all of eight kitchens. The specialty desserts are also not to be missed. If you’d like to enjoy Iftar from the comfort of your own home, Galeries Lafayette Le Gourmet Events & Catering delivers a selection of menu items for an exceptional Iftar at home.
NEED TO KNOW City Walk Iftar menu: AED 125 per adult Ramadan opening hours: 8am onwards (dine-in, takeaway and delivery) Tel: +971 4 403 3033 The Dubai Mall Iftar buffet: AED 165 per adult | AED 85 per child (7-12 y/o) Ramadan opening hours: 10am onwards (takeaway and delivery) | dine-in from sunset onwards Tel: +971 4 339 9933 ext. 2394 The Outlet Village Iftar menu: AED 65 per adult Ramadan opening hours: from sunset onwards (dine-in, takeaway and delivery) Tel: +971 4 339 9933 ext. 2997
In the spirit of caring, sharing and giving, gather with friends and family during Ramadan at Marriott International properties in Abu Dhabi and Dubai. Experience traditional Iftar buffets and specially crafted Suhoor offerings. 2 FOR 1 IFTAR
9 + 1 GROUP BOOKING DEAL
Visit RamadanWithMarriott.com to download your 2 for 1 voucher, valid during the first week of Ramadan.
Book Iftar or Suhoor for 9 people and the 10th person dines for free at participating Marriott Hotels.
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MARRIOTT INTERNATIONAL Across the UAE
Rang Mahal by Atul Kochhar
Al Fanous Lounge
Fantastic 2 for 1 Ramadan deal
15 Marriott International properties in the UAE have come together to care, share and give this Ramadan. Guests can also avail 2 for 1 Iftar vouchers redeemable at participating hotels throughout the first week of Ramadan by downloading it from www.ramadanwithmarriott.com (for the full list of participating hotels, see below). The Holy Month is not just about food, it is about compassion, the feeling for others, to appreciate and be thankful. In commemoration of the life and values of the Founder of the United Arab Emirates, the late Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan, the Ramadan with Marriott Care ◦ Share ◦ Give campaign honors the value of ‘Respect’: respect for society and cultures, regardless of nationality, gender or status. Participating hotels will be donating a portion of their Iftar proceeds to the Al Jalila Foundation, and/or food to the Tarahum Charity Foundation, embodying the true spirit of the Holy Month of giving back to the community.
Incredible group booking deal
Corporate groups can also benefit with an exclusive ‘book 9 and get the 10th guest free’ offer at participating restaurants and ballrooms along with the opportunity to earn double Marriott Rewarding Events or SPG Pro points up to 100,000 points.
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ABOUT THE VENUES:
n The St. Regis Dubai +971 4 435 5577 firstname.lastname@example.org Iftar at Astor Ballroom Share the spirit of Ramadan with unrivalled and authentic Iftar offerings featuring Arabic and Mediterranean delicacies. Price: AED 235 per person
n JW Marriott Marquis Hotel Dubai For bookings below 50 people, +9714 414 3000 email@example.com. For Corporate Iftars above 50 guests +9714 414 2000 firstname.lastname@example.org Experience this auspicious occasion at the world’s tallest 5-star hotel with three delectable Iftar options starting from sunset to 8.30pm. Al Fanous at Dubai Ballroom: Immerse into a wide variety of dishes led by Arabic-specialty Chef Nicola. AED 215 per person. Kitchen6: Explore an extensive spread with six exciting live cooking stations prepped by Chef Gagan. AED 225 per person. Rang Mahal by Atul Kochhar: Dine at the award-winning restaurant and enjoy a delicious, traditional menu created by talented Chef de Cuisine Amrish Sood. AED 225 per person. Children’s policy applies across all three Iftars. Below 6 years dine free (maximum of 2 kids with 2 full paying adults). Additional children below 6 years and between 7-12 years receive 50% off.
n JW Marriott Hotel Dubai +9714 607 7977 email@example.com discoverjwmarriottdubai.com Iftar at The Marketplace and Town Square Celebrate the breaking of fast with an Iftar buffet which includes regional favourites and international fares, designed to bring families, friends and colleagues together for a memorable Holy Month gathering. When: Sunset to 9pm Price: AED 115 per person; AED 50 for children (5 - 12 years); children below 5 dine for free
n Marriott Hotel Al Forsan, Abu Dhabi +9712 201 4131 marriottalforsanlife.com Iftar Buffet at Khayal Have a blessed Ramadan with your loved ones at Khayal Restaurant and experience a heartily prepared Iftar buffet, all amidst a traditional ambience where traditional warmth and hospitality come to life. When: 6.30pm to 9pm Price: AED 170 per person; AED 70 per child.
n Dubai Marriott Harbour Hotel & Suites +9714 319 4000 marriottharbourdubaidining.com Iftar at Counter Culture Café Immerse into delicious Arabic delicacies and an international spread this Ramadan, complete with various live stations and a selection of refreshing Arabic beverages. When: Sunset to 9.30pm Price: AED 159 per person; Children below 6 years dine free; children between 7-12 years receive 50% off.
Iftar at Bamboo Lagoon Experience the essence of Ramadan at the JW Marriott Hotel Dubai with an extensive seafood buffet, inclusive of Ramadan and Arabic coffee and access to The Market Place and Town Square buffets. When: Sunset to 9pm Price: AED 199 per person; AED 50 for children (5 - 12 years); children below 5 dine for free
n Marriott Hotel Al Jaddaf, Dubai +9714 317 7777 marriottdiningaljaddaf.com n W Dubai – Al Habtoor City +9714 435 5577 firstname.lastname@example.org Iftar at NAMU NAMU sets the tone with an eclectic Iftar experience featuring an Iftar set menu. Price: AED 155 per person
Iftar at The Marketplace and Zabeel Ballroom Tent Enjoy a traditional Iftar buffet experience with tempting Arabic delicacies, served alongside local sweets and beverages When: 6.30pm to 9pm Price: AED 179 per adult | AED 90 for children (6 – 12 years) | Children below 6 dine for free
n Sheraton Dubai Creek Hotel & Towers Iftar Buffet at Hatta Delicious Iftar buffet spread that varies every night. Traditional Arabic shawarma, charcoalgrilled meat selections, including shish taouk, kofta and mixed-grilled meats in various marinades. A range of Arabic sweets and Ramadan juices. Price: AED 149 per person Reservations: +9714 207 1747 email@example.com Iftar at Ashiana Explore a 4-course set Iftar menu crafted in best traditions of Indian Cuisine (minimum 2 guests). Price: AED 139 per person Reservations: +9714 207 1733 firstname.lastname@example.org
n The Westin Dubai, Al Habtoor City +9714 435 5577 email@example.com Iftar Buffet at Seasonal Tastes Enjoy a relaxing Iftar experience in a spectacular and memorable setting at Seasonal Tastes with friends, family and loved ones. Price: AED 185 per person
n Lapita Dubai Parks and Resorts, Autograph Collection +9714 810 9421 lapita.restaurantreservations@ autographhotels.com experiencelapita.com Iftar buffet at Kalea Welcome the setting of the sun and journey through an extensive international buffet including soft beverages. When: Sunset to 11pm Price: AED 160 per person; AED 75 per child between 4 to 12 years old
n Courtyard by Marriott Dubai Green Community +9714 885 2222 firstname.lastname@example.org marriottdiningatcy.ae Iftar at SOBO Join us for our family style Iftar served to your table in the relaxed settings of SOBO. We will serve a selection of hot and cold mezze, followed by mixed grill platter with rice and Arabic sweets and fruits for dessert. When: Sunset to 9pm Price: AED 99 per person
n Sheraton Mall of the Emirates Hotel, Dubai +9714 377 2353 email@example.com Iftar at Besh Enjoy the season with family and friends around a Turkish Iftar at Besh. Indulge in the true taste of Turkey, with an assortment of light, nutritious hot and cold mezze and salads before a selection of pide, grills and sweet treats. Post iftar, shop the night bazaar and relax with your favorite Turkish tea and shisha. When: Sunset to 9pm Price: AED 155 per person; AED 70 for little Besh fans (aged 6-12 years)
n La Ville Hotel & Suites Dubai +971 54 309 5948 firstname.lastname@example.org livelaville.com
n Renaissance Downtown Hotel Dubai +9714 512 5511 email@example.com
Iftar at Chival Ramadan is an important time of the year to reflect, restore inner peace and reconnect with family and friends. With a relaxed ambience, experience an elegant Iftar buffet spread at Chival. When: Sunset to 8.30pm Price: AED 195 per person; AED 95 per child aged 6 to 12 years
Iftar at BHAR This Ramadan, feast on a delicious selection of Chef Mohanad’s favorite regional Ramadan dishes including slow cooked lamb shoulder, “Harra” grilled Chilean seabass and “Mechouia” grilled vegetables. When: Sunset to 9pm Price: AED 195 per person
n Marriott Executive Apartments Dubai Creek +9714 213 1221 firstname.lastname@example.org skyeandwalker.com Iftar Special at Skye & Walker Soak in the tradition of Ramadan with an Iftar buffet experience featuring tempting Arabic delicacies, special beverages and sweets. With piped Ramadan Music creating that ideal ambience, you can enjoy a memorable Iftar with family and friends. When: Sunset to 9.30pm Price: AED 85 per adult; AED 42.50 per child
BOOK NOW! Meliá Dubai Tel: +971 4 386 8111 email@example.com melia.com/UAE/Dubai
MELIÁ DUBAI Kuwait Street, Dubai
HUMMUS KI GILAWAT INGREDIENTS 100g Chickpeas 1g Bay leaves 4g Green cardamom 4g Black cardamom 3 stick Cinnamon stick 1g Cloves 30g Brown onion paste 30g Brown cashew nut paste 1g Mace powder 1g Green cardamom powder 5g Tahini 5ml Rose water
5ml Kewara water 100ml clarified butter 2 tablespoons gram flour (besan) 1/2 teaspoon Cumin (Jeera) powder 1 inch Ginger, grated 5 sprig Coriander (Dhania) leaves, finely chopped. FOR GARNISH 3pcs – Baby carrot Sakura Mix
1 For the chickpeas gilawat, soak chickpeas for at least 8 hours and boil along with salt and whole spices (make a bouquet garni) until very soft. Drain excess water completely. 2 Mince the chickpeas well and add brown onion and roasted cashew nut paste along with rose and kewara water. Add freshly chop coriander and grated ginger. 3 Transfer the mixture to a bowl and rub until the texture gets smooth. Now add tahini, salt and other powder spices. 4 For binding add roasted gram flour. 5 Smoke the mixture with a burning charcoal along with clove. Add clarified butter to produce smoke and cover the mixture. 6 Divide the mixture into 3 equal portions. Shape the portions into round circular pattice. 7 Now preheat a pan and grease it with clarified butter. Pan fry the pattice on both sides until crispy and brown. 8 Garnish with sakura mix and grilled baby carrot.
Chef profile: Chandrachur Chamoli Chef de cuisine Chandrachur Chamoli started as a trainee in 2002 Hotel Oberoi’s Delhi in India then moved to JW Marriott Hotel in Mumbai. He later acquired the position of chef de partie in Lalit Ashok, a very famous restaurant serving authentic Indian Cuisine. After working for few years in Bangalore he took over as a kitchen executive in Ananda in the Himalayas, looking over the Indian kitchens in the hotel. He also served famous personalities like Prince Charles, the Indian Prime Minister and many more Bollywood and Hollywood Celebrities and was always appreciated for his cooking. His interest to explore never ended and thus he took over as chef de cuisine of prestigious Signature By Sanjeev Kapoor at Meliá Hotel Dubai with the world-famous celebrity chef, tycoon of Indian cuisine chef Sanjeev Kapoor and is also gaining appreciation for the restaurant not only in Dubai but all the UAE.
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NOVOTEL DUBAI AL BARSHA Sheikh Zayed Road
Satisfy your palate with sensational creations from around the world at 365 restaurant. The modern and dynamic venue offers a flavourful contemporary cuisine highlighted with a variety of live cooking stations. All day dining Ă -la-carte menu featuring international specialities is also available to delight your senses. Open daily for breakfast, lunch and dinner.
This Ramadan, indulge in a memorable Iftar experience and enjoy a sumptuous array of traditional Moroccan dishes at 365 restaurant. There is no better time than the holy month of Ramadan to share unforgettable memories with family and friends. Donâ€™t miss the opportunity of discovering the tastiest Tajine, incredible keftas and mechoui lamb prepared by the talented Chef Habiba Aminass especially flown in from Morocco! Come explore Moroccan culture throughout a unique scenery.
NEED TO KNOW TIMES
Iftar buffet is open from sunset till 11pm
Chef Habiba Aminass Hailing from Morocco, Chef Habiba has many years of experience in 5-star kitchens preparing Moroccan food. Chef Habiba will be visiting 365 Restaurant during Ramadan from Sofitel Agadir, where she is the speciality Morroccan head chef. The talented chef will treat guests to an Iftar to remember with some of her signature dishes and sweets including the likes of tanjia marrakchia, harira soup, couscous with vegetables, chebakia, and baghrir.
AED 125 with traditional beverages Children from 12 to 16 years old get 50% discount Complimentary Iftar for children below 12 years old
AN UNSCRIPTED RAMADAN AT RENAISSANCE This Ramadan, feast on a delicious selection of Chef Mohanad’s favorite regional Ramadan dishes at BHAR Modern Middle Eastern Restaurant. Taste the flavors of slow cooked lamb shoulder, “Harra” grilled Chilean seabass and “Mechouia” grilled vegetables and savor a modern twist on an unlimited array of classic Iftar dishes. Iftar: AED 195 per person Children below 6 years dine with our compliments; from 6 - 11 years, a charge of 50% will apply. Suhoor is available à la carte.
To book your Iftar, please contact Restaurant Reservations on +971 4 512 5511 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org Discover one of our room packages including Iftar and 24h in-room dining Suhoor Reservations +971 4 512 5555 email@example.com
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RENAISSANCE DOWNTOWN HOTEL, DUBAI Business Bay
Newly opened Renaissance Downtown Hotel, Dubai will host its first Ramadan at BHAR to celebrate continuing traditions that bring families and friends together during the Holy Month. BHAR, the Arabic word for ‘spice’, is designed to awaken the senses, evoking a feeling of tradition in a contemporary Middle Eastern style brasserie.
Break your fast with traditional Iftar dishes such as dates, baba ghanoush, hummus and harira soup before moving to the main course that has been given Chef Mohanad Alshamali’s modern twist. Highlights include the slow cooked lamb shoulder marinated in yoghurt and herbs or a grilled Chilean seabass marinated in harra sauce – both of which are an irresistible blend of flavours. Finally, give in to your sweet tooth with a choice of Umm Ali with rose water custard, chocolate katayef with walnut candied orange or mahalabiya brûlée made with camel milk, raspberry and pistachio praline. Chef Mohanad’s playful twists on traditional flavours combined with BHAR’s authentic service will charm guests at every turn.
If you would like to host Iftar at your house, Gouzi to go will be a great addition to your Ramadan table. Surprise your family and guests with the addition of an unexpected treat on the table this special month with Chef Mohanad Alshamali’s Gouzi, a perfectly prepared local specialty, served with an array of regional favourites. During the Holy Month, Renaissance Downtown will also offer in-room Suhoor. When you book a distinctive room package, enjoy 50% discount on the second room as well as discounted Iftar and Suhoor rates.
NEED TO KNOW TIMES
Iftar at BHAR is available from sunset until 9pm
The five-course BHAR Iftar set menu is priced AED195 per person and includes a mezze selection, soup station, first course, main course and dessert. Gouzi-to-go serves up to 5 people and is priced AED695 with preorder required 72 hours in advance.
Celebrate THE HOLY MONTH OF
WITH RIXOS PREMIUM DUBAI With its Turkish roots and traditions, Rixos Premium Dubai offers an inspiring atmosphere and genuine hospitality during the holy month of Ramadan. Savour authentic local flavours of Turkish cuisine, impeccable service and the most exquisite Ramadan Iftar at Turquoise restaurant. Price AED 199 per person | Sunset to 9pm Complimentary inclusions: Iftar buffet | Ramadan juices | Arabic coffee | Soft drinks +971 4 520 0000 | DINE-IN.PREMIUMDUBAI@RIXOS.COM
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Embracing the cultural crossroads of Turkey, Turquoise Restaurant has launched the “Rixos Premium Dubai Istanbul Nights”, a weekly celebration of Turkish music, drinks, and food packed with entertainment, pop-up bars and poolside refreshment. From Izmir to Istanbul, Çorum to Çorlu, and Ankara to Dubai, there’s nothing quite like some Anatolian exhilaration to begin a great weekend at Rixos Premium Dubai.
Every Thursday evening, fill up on great food, plenty of traditional and mixed drinks, and dancing to contemporary beats at Rixos Premium Dubai’s Istanbul Nights. With a live band on stage followed by a DJ and belly dancers, there’s no shortage of evening entertainment. Our exclusive live food stations serve the tastes of Turkey. Come and party at the crossroads of Europe and Turquoise Restaurant terrace, and don’t forget to clink the bottom of your glass before that Raki touches your lips! The stage is set at Turquoise Terrace, for you and your loved ones to take a trip to Turkey, where you’ll dine and dance all night long at Rixos Premium Dubai’s Istanbul Nights.
NEED TO KNOW TIMES
Every Thursday from 7.30pm
AED249 per person for soft drinks package (inclusive and Raki upon arrival) AED349 per person for house beverage package Entertainment: Live DJ, Live Band, Belly Dancers and much more!
Rixos Premium Dubai hotel located at the heart of Dubai’s Jumeirah Beach Residence is redefining the core of luxuriant hospitality by marrying entertainment, leisure, dining, hospitality and relaxation. With panoramic room views overlooking the beach and the world’s largest Ferris Wheel, The Dubai Eye, the 35-storey lifestyle hotel welcomes its guests from all around the world to stay at the exotic haven where the pulse of the city can be best felt.
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SOFITEL HOTELS & RESORTS Dubai Downtown
Embrace the spirit of Ramadan in the heart of Downtown Dubai, with two indulgent offerings at Sofitel Dubai Downtown.
Al Massa Ballroom
This Ramadan, add a touch of authenticity to your corporate Iftar and Sohour at the Al Massa Ballroom. With contemporary Arabian vibes, the ballroom is being transformed to host a wide spread of traditional Arabic dishes adorned with delicacies from around the world, to cater to your every tastes. Delight your palate with appetizers such as hot and cold mezze platters, fresh salads and soups. As main course, sample dishes like “fish sayadiyah”, “Mansaf”, “Kousa Mahshi” and be tempted by the live shawarma and lamb ouzi cooking stations. Those with room for desserts can sample treats such as Baklava, Luqaimat, Kunafa and much more. Quality time guaranteed!
Les Cuisines Restaurant
Gather friends and family members together this holy month of Ramadan at Les Cuisines, to enjoy a sumptuous Iftar buffet offering an array of traditional dishes, garnish with the international favorites. Right across the Burj Khalifa and connected to the Dubai Mall, Les Cuisines, located on the second floor of the five-star property, offers an open kitchen where you can admire the chefs carefully preparing each dish. An unforgettable Arabian night awaits you!
NEED TO KNOW TIMES
Iftar: from sunset onwards | Sohour: from 10pm onwards
Your Iftar buffet at LES CUISINES at AED149 per Adult – Buffet, soft beverages and Ramadan juices included. Your private Iftar at AL MASSA BALLROOM: starting from AED140 per Adult - Buffet, soft beverags and Ramadan juices included Your private Sohour at AL MASSA: starting from AED130 per Adult - Tailor made menu and soft beverages Children’s policy: 5 years old and below are free; 6 to 12 years old get 50% discount.
Sofitel Dubai Downtown Tel: +971 (0) 4 503 6320 www.Sofitel-Dubai-Downtown.com
CHICKEN KABSA Serves 6-8
INGREDIENTS 1 kg of basmati rice 2 chickens, each cut into four parts 1 teaspoon of mix spices 1 teaspoon ground cumin 1 teaspoon soft coriander 1 teaspoon of paprika
1 small spoon of salt Fresh turmeric, grated A pinch of brown pepper, added as desired 2 tablespoons of ghee 5 grains of black pepper 2 bay leaves
1 Rinse the rice well with water and then soak it with warm water for half an hour. 2 In a small bowl, mix the coriander, cumin, salt, black pepper, fresh turmeric, paprika and mixed spices, then set aside. 3 Place the chicken in a bowl and sprinkle with a teaspoon all mixed spices. 4 In a frying pan, place the two tablespoons of ghee and cook on low heat the chopped onion, until its color turns golden. Add the chicken pieces and toss them well with the onions until their color change to golden brown. Add the tomatoes, tomato paste, cardamom grains, cinnamon sticks, bay leaves, green pepper, and toss well.
3 grains of cardamom 2 Cinnamon sticks 1 half chopped onion 2 tomatoes, finely chopped 2 tablespoons of tomato paste 1 Hot Green Pepper (optional)
5 Pour water over the frying pan until the chicken pieces are completely immersed and leave on medium heat for 45 minutes. 6 Take the chicken pieces out of the frying pan, cut them in half, and put them in an oven to roast. 7 Add to your frying pan, two cups of chicken broth, then add the rice. Cook the rice on high heat until boiling, then lower the fire, cover your pan and leave it for 15 minutes. 8 Drain the rice and place it on a serving dish, add the chicken pieces over it, then spread few roasted nuts (almonds, pine nuts) over your dish. BON APPETIT AND RAMADAN KAREEM!
Chef profile: Nouman AlAmeer Chef Nouman AlAmeer is Sofitel Dubai Downtown specialty chef with over 20 years’ experience within the culinary scene and is one of Sofitel’s Ambassador since the opening of the hotel. Since then, Chef Nouman have been creating delicious dishes and innovative recipes which were extremely complimented
from the hotel guests, coming from the four corners of the world. Chef Nouman grew up in the Capital of Jordan, Amman, where his passion for the culinary art started while he was spending hours cooking for his family and friends. His professional journey sparked at his enrollment date to catering college, and when
his mother offered him his first Chef’s hat, which he is wearing to date – his “lucky charm” as he says. Chef Nouman is today responsible for creating and executing traditional Arabic dishes, here at Sofitel Dubai Downtown, bringing a link between local culture and French art de vivre.
Timeless Traditions This Ramadan, inspire heartwarming experiences at The St. Regis Dubai. Savor an Iftar buffet filled with traditional Arabian flair in the Astor Ballroom and enjoy sumptuous Suhoor delicacies with aromatic hubbly bubbly at Le Patio. Celebrate timeless traditions in venues beyond compare. Astor Ballroom (Iftar) - Starting from AED 235 per person Le Patio Tent (Suhoor) - Starting from AED 165 per person Special rates available for corporate bookings and groups of 1o persons and above
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St. Regis Majlis Iftar
Located on the banks of the Dubai Water Canal, the grand entrance open the ballroom to a capacity of 350 guests, accommodating both large groups and more intimate gatherings. Dubai’s finest address exudes opulence with floor to celling marble finishes, grand chandeliers and dim lighting, defining stature and social distinction – making it the perfect venue to celebrate the holy month. Ideal for families or large groups, the buffet offers an extensive selection of hot and cold mezza, soups and a delectable selection of main courses including lamb ouzi, Arabic mix grill and chicken makbouse with selection of eight desserts to choose from to finish the evening in style.
Le Patio Suhoor
This Ramadan, enjoy an exquisite Suhoor experience at St. Regis’, Le Patio. Situated in the second floor of The St. Regis Dubai, it’s the perfect location to sample delicious Arabic cuisine with friends and family. The culinary team are serving up a selection of delectable mezze, soups and mains which include shish taouk, crusted dukkha lamn and chicken shawarma, complimented by a selection of traditional desserts, served family style. Family style service and buffet options are available on request for larger groups. Diners will have the luxury of sitting in the beautiful fully air-conditioned terrace tent whilst enjoying the company of loved ones.
NEED TO KNOW The St Regis ballroom:
Daily, throughout the month of Ramadan sunset to 9pm St. Regis Majlis Iftar - Starting from AED 235 per person Special rates available for corporate bookings and groups of 10 persons and above Children under 12 receive a 50% discount
Daily, throughout the month of Ramadan 8.30pm to 02.30am Le Patio Tent (Suhoor) - Family style Suhoor - starting from AED 165 per person Ala carte option is available
TRADITION MEETS STYLE AT THE MEYDAN RAMADAN TENT Delight in Arabian cuisine at The Meydan Hotel Ramadan tent, where lively family moments embrace the spirit of the Holy Month. With an Iftar buﬀet at AED 199 per person – reduced to AED 175 for the ﬁrst 10 days of the Holy Month - and a la carte options for a reﬂective suhour, The Meydan Hotel brings family together this Ramadan. +971 4 381 3231 themeydanhotel.com/ramadan
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THE MEYDAN HOTEL Meydan Racecourse
Visitors to The Meydan Hotel will not worry about traffic or parking, as this exclusive venue offers more than 6,000 parking areas, complimentary valet parking at a strategic location only 12 minutes from Dubai Mall and away from Dubai traffic that rises with the countdown to the Iftar timing. The Meydan Hotel awaits all guests with a welcoming Arabic hospitality presenting an authentic lavish atmosphere with exclusive Ramadan traditional decorations and Ramadan lanterns together with live Oud tunes and a supervised children’s entertainment area with face painting, drawing, arts & crafts, balloon twisting, family movies, PlayStation games and bouncy castle, making it a special evening for family and friends.
The extravagant buffet includes everything from authentic Emirati dishes, traditional Egyptian and Moroccan bites, local Syrian and Lebanese delicacies to international savoury selections from various cuisines including Japanese, Chinese, Indian, Italian as well as European cuisines. Explore Emirati cuisine and try ‘lamb foga’ and ‘harees’, or sample Egyptian cuisine with ‘mulukhya’ or ‘fatah masreya’. People curious to explore the Moroccan cuisine are invited to taste its ‘lamb tajeen’ or famous ‘cous cous’, or venture to India with ‘chicken biryani’ and ‘butter chicken’ or sample international dishes like ‘grilled lamb chops’ and ‘grilled salmon’. Vegetarian foodies have their own special dishes from different cuisines including Italian pasta, Egyptian ‘koshary’, Indian ‘dal makkhni’ or Syrian ‘veggie mussakaa’ and Middle Eastern ‘lentil soup’. Furthermore, this year’s Ramadan buffet presents to its guests six interactive cooking stations including Lebanese authentic manakeesh-baking, Chinese live wok, live Japanese Sushi counter as well as famous Emirati ‘lamb ouzi’. After enjoying the extensive Ramadan feast, it’s time to taste a wide selection of pastry masterpieces, including the likes of dates pudding, Umm Ali, cheese kunafa as well as dark chocolate cake, and fruits tarts.
NEED TO KNOW TIMES
Daily Iftar buffet is available throughout the month of Ramadan from sunset to 9pm. Daily à la carte Sohour menu is available throughout the month of Ramadan from 9.30pm to 2am (Sunday to Wednesday) and from 9.30pm to 3.00am (Thursday to Saturday).
Iftar, for the first 10 days of Ramadan is priced at AED 175 per person (including food, Ramadan juices, soft drinks and still water – inclusive 5% VAT) and from 11th day of Ramadan until the end of the holy month at AED 199 per person (including food, Ramadan juices, soft drinks and still water – inclusive 5% VAT). Children below 4 years enjoy complimentary Iftar. Children aged 5 up to 12 years old enjoy Iftar at AED 99 per child. Suhour is available with a minimum F&B spend of AED 100 per person.
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Dried and fresh, sweet or rich, dark to light – there’s much more to dates than meets the eye. Here, Sophie McCarrick finds out a little more about the popular Middle Eastern ingredient.
Dates are one of the oldest cultivated fruits - it’s thought that they were a staple part of the Babylonian diet 8,000 years ago. Grown in North Africa and some parts of the Middle East – Saudi Arabia in particular, there are quite a few varieties. Colours range from honey yellow, red to brown, the last of which is the most common. Available fresh or dried, they’re very sweet, with a rich, deep flavour and a lush, slightly chewy texture. The mahogany brown Medjool variety is the sweetest, and tastes a little like toffee.
Choosing your dates
Fresh dates should be plump and moist with glossy skins. Dried dates, though a little wrinkly, shouldn’t look emaciated, and should still be plump and glossy, with an even colour. They are sold whole, packaged in long narrow boxes, or pressed into blocks.
Dried dates are ready to use straight away - just slice off from the block or pick as many of you need from the box, but you can also soak them in a liquid like
tea, to boost flavour and moisture. To remove the stone from a fresh date, just push it out with your fingers, or slit open lengthways, remove, and push the flesh closed again. To remove the skin, pull off the stem, then pinch at one end to push the flesh out.
Fresh dates will keep in an airtight container in the fridge for around a week. Dried dates stored in an airtight container in a cool, dark place will keep for up to a year.
Where to buy dates: Carrefour supermarkets Geant supermarkets RIPE market The date stall next to Deira’s fish market Bateel outlets
Try this date recipe at home! Medjool date and pistachio fudge You’ll need a food processor to make these…. 100g pistachios 400g Medjool dates shelled
75ml Vita Coco Coconut Oil (250ml
for 29.95 AED, sold in Spinneys) 1/4 tsp ground cinnamon
It comes as a surprise to many, but dates are full with vitamins and minerals. Here are some health benefits that dates have: • They contain natural sugars like sucrose, glucose and fructose, which are a great source of energy. • Dates have lots of natural fibre, which does wonders for your digestive system. They are also low in simple carbohydrates, which can lead to obesity and diabetes. • High in antioxidants, which means they are great for detoxing and neutralising your body. • They help fight illness and disease. They are rich in vitamin A, which
supports good vision; vitamin C, which strengthens your immune system; and B-complexes that help fight infections. Fresh and dried dates have the same health benefits, but the dried ones have more calories, so be aware when you’re munching away. Packed with minerals such as potassium, which promotes a healthy nervous system, dates also have lots of iron, which is essential for blood formation. And just when you think they couldn’t contain any more – they also have calcium for healthy bones and teeth, plus magnesium, which is good for your nerves, muscles and brainpower.
1 Put the pistachios into a food processor and coarsely chop. 2 Take out three quarters of the nuts and place them in a big bowl to one side. Then grind the remaining quarter into as fine a dust as you can, then tip it out onto another plate. 3 Check the dates for stones, remove any you find and then put the dates into the food processor along with the Vita Coco Coconut Oil, cinnamon and blend. It will take a few minutes for the mixture to come together into a dough. 4 Once a dough is formed, roll the mixture into small sized balls, as pictured. Lay out onto a try and allow to rest in a cold fridge for 1 hour before serving.
RAMADAN DOS & DON’TS
Ramadan is one of the most important months for Muslims, and whether you’re celebrating or not, it should be a special time for everyone. Here are a few things you should and shouldn’t do during the holy month.
Go and experience Iftar
Make an active effort to respect everyone’s views and outlooks. It’s a month for respecting each other and becoming a better person, so take time to appreciate and care for one another.
For those who are not fasting, try to experience at least one traditional Iftar during Ramadan. Enjoy the authenticity and the culture of where we live – join a Muslim friend, and try and cook an Arabic meal at home. It’s an experience you’ll never forget.
will have limited hours, restricted music and heightened rules. Muslims are expected to cut out music during Ramadan, to deter them from their spiritual thoughts. So this also means saying goodbye to the loud car radio when driving around. Be polite and aware of your surroundings.
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Make an effort
Shoulders, chests and knees should be covered during Ramadan when in public places. The bottom line is that it’s a sign of respect and if you do otherwise, you may find yourself being asked to leave certain areas.
Be safe on the roads
Come Iftar time, after a long day of fasting, many people are driving eagerly to break their fast. Bearing in mind, these people have not eaten or drank anything all day, which in turn can make them light headed and sometimes dizzy. Roads can be busy around this time and accident tolls tend to increase. Put dizziness, tiredness and hunger onto a busy road and you have a recipe for disaster. Take care when you’re driving, and be patient.
Don’t eat or drink in public
With Muslims fasting during daylight hours, it is seen to be disrespectful to eat or drink in front of this. Due to this, you’ll find all restaurants and cafés closed (or covered from public view). Of course you can still eat and drink, but you must do so in the comfort of your own home or in a private place where nobody that is fasting can see you. This goes as far as no drinking in your car – you never know when may be watching.
You shouldn’t party
Many bars and clubs will close during Ramadan, and those that remain open
Ramadan is a time for removing bad, impure thoughts from the mind. So if something frustrates you during the day, do not let your anger show – no swearing, no violence, no loosing your temper. It’s time to have some self-control.
No inappropriate behaviour
Dancing around, acting boisterously during Ramadan will not be tolerated. Find your zen this month and try to remain calm and dignified at all times. For people that are fasting, it can be extremely irritating to see others jumping around, laughing loudly during a time where calm and respect is supposed to be maintained.