16 May 2018 - 10:10
Preparations for Ramadan in full swing
By Amna Pervaiz Rao / The Peninsula
Doha: Amid massive preparations across the country to welcome the holy month of Ramadan which will start from tomorrow, hotels offered traditional dishes of Qatar and various other Arab, Asian and European countries.
The offers aim at attracting customers by making them feel at home during this month long spiritual event.
Several malls are also offering amazing packages on Ramadan special items such as, lanterns and decoration items with payers engraved on them.
Several hotels have set up separate Ramadan tents at their permises offering suhoor and iftar meals, The Peninsula noted.
W Doha Hotel & Residences’ ‘Great Room’ has been turned into the exquisite Sultan’s Tent, providing guests a majestic venue to break their fast. The tent will also house up to 10 live stations featuring Japanese, Italian, Indian, Arabic, Turkish, Asian and a host of other cuisines, infusing the ambience with freshly-cooked flavours — from savoury to decadently sweet. The hotel will charge QR230 per person for Iftar, QR285 per person for Suhoor.
Some supermarkets are offering Ramadan promotions in order to attract customers.
The Westin Doha Hotel & Spa will provide a wide array of International, Turkish and Qatari dishes along with an eclectic assortment of desserts all carefully crafted by a dedicated team of Turkish chefs. Iftar and Suhoor will cost equally QR195 per person.
The Torch Doha will serve, Iftar in an ‘Arabian Nights’ buffet sytem in Flying Carpet featuring an abundant spread of Arabic delicacies, live cooking stations and signature Arabic desserts at QR190, including special Ramadan beverage and Suhoor: Serves traditional dishes, hot and cold mezze and signature Arabic desserts QR160, including Ramadan beverages.
Embrace the spirit of Ramadan at The St. Regis Doha’s very own Corniche Tent. A unique food experience accompanied by live band entertainment at the price of QR230 per person (Iftar), QR290 (Suhoor).
The Ritz-Carlton, Doha this Ramadan formed a grand setting of the Ramadan Tent in Al Wosail Ballroom. Offers Iftar and Suhoor priced at QR220 per person, inclusive of Ramadan juices buffet and water service. 50% savings for kids aged 6—12 years, complimentary for kids aged 5 and under.
Among the most famous dishes that locals eat is Al-Harees, which is an essential food item on their table during Ramadan. It consists of mashed wheat mixed with meat, clarified butter and ground cinnamon.
Another essential item on the menu during Ramadan is Ath-Thareed, which consists of tiny pieces of bread with gravy poured over it. In addition to Al-Harees and Ath-Thareed, Al-Majboos is also considered one of the most popular traditional dishes, which is always found on the tables during Ramadan.
There are many types of Qatari sweets served during Ramadan. They include Al-Muhallabiyyah, which consists of rice and milk topped with saffron and cardamom. They also eat Al-Madhroobah and Al-Luqaymaat (sweet dumplings), which is similar to Luqmatul-Qaadhi or Al-’Awwaamah.
Immediately after the Taraaweeh prayer, the men meet together for the midnight meal called Al-Ghibqah during which special dishes are served. Al-Mehammar, a dish of fried fish and rice cooked with sugar, is popular in addition to Al-Hareesah and Al-Madhroobah.