Ramadan Roundup in Qatar
This year, Ramadan falls on approximately Thu 18 Jun – Thu 16 Jul
The Glamorous Ramadan Tent
Once again, in the beautiful and serene Grand Hyatt, stands the fabulous Ramadanak tent – and what a stately pleasure dome it is. Full of Arabic fare as well as an international buffet, it’s the perfect place to ruminate on just how lucky you are. Why not break your fast in style this year?
INFO: QR250, sunset until 2am, 4448 1234, www.doha.grand.hyatt.com
Putting on The Ritz
With Bedouin tents for VIPs to relax in, The Ritz-Carlton’s Ramadan offering is one of the luxurious and authentic in Doha – it even has a Qatari cuisine section, so you can try out traditional local dishes that you’d be hard-pressed to find elsewhere. Don’t panic if your palate wants something more international – there’s everything from shawarma to sushi. There’ll also be an Egyptian band and a tanoura dancer on hand.
INFO: QR230 for iftar, sunset-8pm, QR290 for suhour, 9pm-1am, 4484 8000, www.ritzcarlton.com/doha
The Perfect Work Iftar
Looking to break that fast with a flourish? Try the St Regis Ramadan Souq. With an ultra-glamorous outdoor setting, you can bring your work colleagues for a group dinner while live music fills the air.
INFO: QR230 for iftar from sunset to 8pm, QR290 for suhour, 9.30pm-2am, St Regis Ramadan Souq, St Regis Doha, 4446 0000, www.stregisdoha.com
A Meal Fit for a Sultan
If you like indulging in food from all over the world, then the Sultan’s Tent in the W Hotel is the place for you! It’s one of the sponsors of Qatar Turkey 2015, so its Ramadan spread is Turkish-themed. Expect an array of yummy dondurma, the amazingly thick Turkish ice cream, as well as the traditional selection of mezze and Arabic treats, a pasta station and dumplings and sushi. The W has also brought in a Qatari chef, so look out for superior home-made cuisine!
INFO: QR230 for iftar, 6pm-8.30pm, QR285 for suhour, 9.15pm-2am, The Great Room, The W Hotel, 4453 5000, www.whoteldoha.com
Four Seasons, Five Stars
The dishes on the iftar and suhour menus at Four Seasons have doubled since last year! Everything from a sushi station, a dim sum carousel, a carving station, a pasta area and a Tex Mex station is on offer, making it one of the biggest Ramadan spreads in town. Don’t worry if you can’t manage to eat your way through every station: if you book more than three nights in a row, then you get your fourth meal for free. Nice!
INFO: QR235 for iftar, 6pm-8.30pm, QR275 for suhour, 10pm-2am, 4494 8888, www.fourseasons.com/doha
The Cool Option
Celebrate Ramadan with friends and family in the Al Jawhara Ramadan Tent in InterContinental Doha The City – one of the most central and trendy hotels in town. We can’t wait to try out the exquisite food while listening to live Arabic entertainment during suhour and sampling the shisha.
INFO: QR225 for iftar, sunset-9pm, QR250 for suhour, 9pm-2am, 4015 8888, www.intercontinental.com/doha
The Old-School Suhour
Heading down to Sharq Village & Spa is like entering a peaceful Arabian palace all year round – so the Holy Month of Ramadan makes the place feel even more magical! If you want an authentic Ramadan experience with a luxurious bent, come and sample the lavish buffet that the Sharq is putting on for you. The amazing Ramadan Tent includes live food stations with all the traditional faves like hummus and mixed grill as well as international fare like sushi and pasta. There will also be a live five-piece band!
INFO: QR250, 8:30pm-2am Al Dasha Ballroom, 4425 6666, www.ritzcarlton.com/sharqvillage
RELAX at The Wanassa Tent
Sit back and recharge in the magical atmosphere of live oud music, interactive cooking stations, a great shisha selection and the Arabian dishes that make the Marriott Marquis’ Ramadan Tent the perfect place to shatter your fast into a million pieces.
INFO: QR235 for iftar, sunset-9pm, QR245 for suhour, 10pm-1.30am, QR86 for shisha, 4419 6100, www.marriott.com/hotels/travel/dohmq-marriott-marquis-city-center-doha-h...
Ladies’ Night – Ramadan Style…
and just because it’s a Holy Month, it doesn’t mean you have to forego your usual extravagances. At the St Regis Hotel Doha, in the Al Gassar Ladies Majlis, you can experience a luxury suhour like no other. Get your glossy posse together and head down for a catch-up as you feast on modern Arabic canapés. There’s also live music, so you can sway while munching on mezze. And yes, at this time of the year it really is Ladies Only.
INFO: QR180, 9.30pm-2am, St Regis Doha, 4446 0000, www.stregisdoha.com
The New Kid on the Block
Opening earlier this year, the Marsa Malaz Kempinski has a lot to prove – and we’re quite happy to help them out by sampling their iftar and suhour! This impressive hotel has already opened a number of its restaurants to great acclaim, and we’re excited to see what they come up with for its Ramadan tent.
INFO: QR240 for iftar, sunset-8pm,QR290 for suhour, 9pm-late, 4035 5555, www.kempinski.com/marsamalaz
The Traditional Spread
Try out the Ramadan offerings at Al Hubra, Doha’s oldest and most charismatic hotel. The old-school Arabic vibe will get you in the right spirit as you enjoy true Qatari hospitality. As always, The Sheraton offers a sumptuous spread of hot and cold mezze, seafood, live cooking stations and plenty of desserts to break your fast as well as a talented oud player gives it loads.
INFO: QR210 for iftar, Al Hubara restaurant, QR290 for suhour, Sheraton Doha Tent, 4444 4485, www.sheratondoha.com
The Budget Option
Don’t worry if you don’t work or live in West Bay – there are plenty of places all over the city to break your fast. Why not head over to the Crowne Plaza Doha where the Business Park will be transformed into a magnificent Ramadan venue offering iftar and suhour? We’re a big fan of the cuisine at the trendy hotel – it never disappoints and it’s budget friendly. Even better! There are lots of yummy Arabic, Asian and international dishes on offer to help you break your fast and of course, some very flavorful shisha.
INFO: QR165 for iftar, QR145 for suhour, sunset-sundown, 4408 7777, www.crowneplaza.com/doha
The One by the Water
Enjoy breaking your fast with a great view of the water from this coastal restaurant. There is even a spectacular dancing water fountain to entertain you! There will be live music and shisha to entertain you as you try the outstanding food as well.
INFO: Iftar and suhour, sunset-late, 4410 6666, www.orientpearlqatar.com
The Syrian Menu
One of the most popular restaurants in Souq Waqif, Damasca One is an authentic and atmospheric place to break your fast. It’s a truly gastronomic experience – hot and cold appetisers to traditional platters and yummy desserts straight from the heart of Syria. Remember to book on the famous terrace to avoid any disappointment!
INFO: Iftar and suhour, sunset-late, Souq Waqif, 4475 9089, damascarestaurant.com
THE RAMADAN RULES
The dos and don’ts you need to know to have an amazing month
• Do abstain from eating, drinking and smoking in public from sunrise to sunset
• Do dress more modestly this month
• Do take extra precautions when driving
• Don’t overindulge at iftar and suhour – break your fast gently to avoid stomach complaints
• Don’t boast about your shorter working hours – not everyone is so lucky!
• Don’t stay out in the heat – it’s easy to get dehydrated