Abu Dhabi Ramadan 2013

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Think Ramadan is only about fasting and feasting? There’s a lot more to the Holy Month than that. There’s plenty you need to know to ensure you make the most out of this very spiritual period. Ramadan isn’t exclusively for Muslims, it’s a good time for everyone to get on board with the positive messages – being patient, kind, well-meaning and charitable. So spread the seasonal cheer by embracing local culture and Islamic traditions. Here’s where to go to make sure you have the best Ramadan ever

Top pick Emirates Palace
This year’s Ramadan tent at Emirates Palace will be able to seat 1,200 guests comfortably spread out with cosy enclaves, four private majlises, a large open dining area and a separate lounge area. The pavilion will be open day and night, first as a quiet space and then as a place to enjoy iftar and suhoor featuring dishes from executive chef Sandro Gamba including signature courses from Mezlai. Iftar is Dhs249 per person and suhoor is à la carte.
Ras Al Akhdar (02 690 7999).

Share the spirit of Ramadan with your friends and family at the newest Arabic venue in town. Enjoy iftar and suhoor with relaxing waterfront views at Sambusek restaurant. Iftar buffet starts at Dhs195 per person and their suhoor menu is Dhs125 minimum spend per person. If you want to give your work colleagues a special iftar experience overlooking the Arabian Gulf, Rosewood Abu Dhabi is offering a huge spread of traditional Arabic and regional delicacies, and they can cater for groups from 100 up to 700 guests.
Best for: A stylish Ramadan experience.
Sowwah Square, Al Maryah Island (02 813 5591).

The St. Regis Saadiyat Island Resort
Oléa will offer Mediterranean-inspired cuisine and a relaxing setting for guests breaking their fast. Priced at Dhs185 per person, Oléa’s iftar buffet will feature a wide selection of courses, including fresh mezze and grilled seafood and meat. For corporate and group iftars, the resort’s Regal Ballroom is also available and can cater to groups ranging from a convivial 100 people to a grand 1,500 guests, with menus starting from Dhs185 per person.
Best for: Beach surroundings.
Saadiyat Island (02 498 8008).

This Indian eatery down on Salaam Street will be serving a buffet every evening during Ramadan, comprising of soups, veggie and meat entrees and mains, along with a variety of breads and biryani plus desserts. It’ll set you back Dhs59 per person.
Best for: A big old curry blowout.
Al Markaziyah (02 672 337).

Grand Millennium Al Wahda
This hotel will be celebrating the Holy Month with a festive Ramadan tent. It costs Dhs139 per person for unlimited access to their iftar buffet, which includes sweets and Arabic juices. They will also be offering a 30 percent discount in their Al Wahda All Day Dining restaurant.
Best for: People shopping at the mall.
Al Wahda (02 443 9999).

Beach Rotana
Celebrate the Holy Month with an iftar buffet inspired by traditional Arabian-style at the Beach Rotana in Tourist Club. It promises to be a pretty lavish affair that will embody the spirit of Ramadan. The buffet will be served at Essence restaurant and will cost Dhs190 per person with the price subject to the usual 10 percent service charge and a six percent tourism fee.
Best for: Getting the whole family together.
Tourist Club Area (02 697 9011).

Even this furniture store on Yas is getting into the spirit and will feature a special Dhs20 iftar meal (served after sunset). There’ll also be a donation box in association with Red Crescent to encourage the practice of sharing plus a Ramadan tent where co-workers will offer complimentary dates, coffee and traditional beverages to customers breaking their fast.
Best for: Giving to charity.
Yas Island (800 4532).

Westin Abu Dhabi
The Westin is offering a buffet at Fairways for Dhs185 per person, while at their Moroccan restaurant Agadir guests can enjoy Arabic food served Moroccan-style for Dhs185 per person. Also available will be shisha at the Agadir tent from 8.30pm for Dhs90 per person minimum spend. Groups of 40 or more are invited to celebrate iftar or suhoor with the menu costing Dhs160.
Best for: Iftar fun out of town.
Sas Al Nakhl (02 616 9999).

Royal Orchid
Fans of Asian food can tuck into a buffet every night during Ramadan of Thai, Chinese and Mongolian dishes, which will cost Dhs65 for adults, Dhs32 for kids under 12. Kids under six eat for free.
Best for: An Asian infused buffet.
Off Salaam Street (02 677 9911).

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