Ramadan is the ninth month of the Islamic calendar where Muslims worldwide observe as a month of fasting. This annual observance is regarded as one of the Five Pillars of Islam. Fasting is an obligation for adult Muslims, except those who are ill, travelling, pregnant, diabetic or going through menstrual bleeding. The month lasts 29 – 30 days based on the visual sightings of the crescent moon, according to numerous biographical accounts compiled in hadiths.While fasting from dawn until sunset, Muslims refrain from consuming food, drinking liquids, smoking, and engaging in sexual relations; in some interpretations they also refrain from swearing.
Besides Ramadan events, offers and promotions, Ramadan tents are specifically important to Ramadan tent are venues erected during the month of Ramadan. They provide a place for people to meet after sunset when the daily fast is broken together with friends and family. People may eat, drink tea, and smoke a shisha. Businesses may also use these venues to host partners and customers in a relaxed environment, at a time when business typically slows down.
Take a look at what some of Qatar’s leading hotels have to offer for this holy month!
Don’t forget to check out Marhaba’s Ramadan listings, Ramadan Kareem 2014, for more hotel offers and promotions!
This year InterContinental Doha has redesigned ‘Shahrazad’, the original tent of Doha, to enjoy a special suhoor with live traditional entertainment with flavourful shishas.
Date and timings: 9 pm – 2 am
Price: QR225 per person. Special rates for group Iftars & Suhoors starting from QR150
For more information or reservations 4484 4919.
Shahrazad Ramadan tent is an impressive affair, with more than 50 dishes to try, live cooking stations and Oud entertainment. There’s plenty of seating and buffet has a wide range of traditional Arabic food and international cuisine. Marhaba recommends steak and sushi from the live cooking stations, the delicious range of Arabic desserts, and flavoured shisha.
The St. Regis Doha
The elegantly decorated Ramadan tent at The St. Regis Doha features a sumptuous buffet of international cuisine and a live band. This year the tent will feature signature shisha with a great selection of flavours
Date and timings: Ifthar 6 pm – 7:30 pm. Suhoor 9 pm – 2 am
Price: QR230/person (Ifthar), QR270/person (Suhoor)
For more information or reservations, call 4446 0000.
Sharq Village & Spa
Magic of Sharq Village & Spa Ramadan Tent
Al Dasha Ballroom is the elegant location for their exquisitely decorated tent featuring private Majlis seating, flavoured shisha, live entertainment and a lavish buffet.
Date and timings: 8:30 pm – 2 am
Price: QR275 per person
For more information or reservations, call 4425 6666.
Four Seasons Hotel Doha
Four Seasons Hotel Doha Tent – Garden Terrace
Enjoy a true, authentic Ramadan experience in Four Seasons Hotel Doha’s exclusively designed tent located in their Garden Terrace. The tent will be open every day starting with their extensive iftar buffet with its wide selection of international food. Mohamed Khairy and his Syrian Halabi band along with the legendary Ahmed Doughan, will delight your Ramadan nights with the finest music during sohoor. For Football lovers, a big screen will feature the games at the tent – in partnership with Maserati and Etihad.
Iftar price: QR225 open from 6 pm – 8:30 pm
Sohoor price: QR275 start from 10 pm
Date and timings: 28 June – 28 July 2014 (6 pm – 2 am)
For more information, call 4494 8888.
Marhaba recommends – Couscous and Chicken Kebab. And the authentic Um Ali!
The Ritz-Carlton, Doha Hotel
Al Wosail Ballroom
Ramadan gets bigger and better at The Ritz-Carlton, Doha with the mesmerising sounds of exotic music and the traditional Arabic atmosphere of the Souq in their Ramadan tent from where you can bring home traditional Arabic crafts for your dear ones.
Iftar: Sunset – 8 pm
Sohoor: 9 pm – 1 am
Price: Iftar at QR210 and sohoor at QR265, prices include Ramadan juices only. Special offers apply for groups.
For more information and reservations, contact 4484 8000 or email [email protected].
Oryx Rotana Hotel
Al Nafourah Garden Lebanese Restaurant Ramadan Tent
Newly installed tent in Al Nafourah with special decoration and ambiance from Iftar to 2 am. An oud player and singer will be available during the whole month of Ramadan from 9:30 pm to 12:30 pm, playing and singing the old and traditional Arabic songs and special sohoor dishes will be offered in addition to their menu. From 12 June 2014 until end of Ramadan, there will be a minimum charge of QR150 inside the tent only.
For more information or reservations, call 4402 3333.
La Cigale Hotel
La Cigale Ramadan Tent
Carefully customised to reflect a blessed spirit of this occasion, La Cigale Ramadan Tent is considered a center of attraction with the exclusive ambiance featuring extravagant sohoor buffet, a wide variety of traditional Arabic and International dishes, with live cooking stations and a daily themed cuisine zone, in addition to mesmerising sweets as well as flavour some shishas, not to forget the live soft traditional Arabic entertainment.
Price: Sohoor buffet at QR250 net per person, inclusive of mineral water, Ramadan juices and soft drinks.
For more information or reservations, call 4428 8709/10.
W Doha Hotel & Residences
The Sultan’s Tent
Celebrate the arrival of the holy month of Ramadan and reunite with your beloved ones at the The Sultan’s tent, showcasing live food stations from around the world, an extended Arabic buffet, live Ramadan band and shisha menu. Reservations required.
Price: Iftar at QR220 per person and sohoor at QR275 per person
For more information or reservations, call 4453 5000 or visit W Doha’s website.
The Diplomatic Club
The Diplomatic Club welcomes you and your guests to their Royal Tent where they prepared a special catering team that will provide outside catering services.
Price: Iftar and sohoor buffet for QR190 person.
For sohoor nights, their Chef’s culinary skills will satisfy your senses with a rich ‘A La Carte Menu’.
For more information or reservations, call 4484 7412 or email f&[email protected].
Grand Hyatt Doha Hotel
Ramadanak Tent – A Grand Ramadan
Located in the heart of their Arabian Palace and in partnership with Mannai Auto Group & Cadillac and Qatar Airways, Ramadanak is back this year after winning the Qatar Choice Award for best Ramadan Tent 2013. With the support of ADabesc, the full atrium is converted into an Arabian palace. They brought together all the chefs de cuisine from the acclaimed restaurants, to join forces and offer an international buffet with flavors to cater to all tastes.
Price: Iftar and sohoor buffet for QR250 now to indulge in many international and Arabic choices.
Ramadanak Tent – Sohoor Tray
For their guests who prefer a late night sohoor also available is the sohoor tray that gives the feeling of a homemade meal with Hyatt’s deluxe twist. The items can be accommodated to vegetarians and light eaters when required.
Price: Sohoor tray for QR140 per person.
Ramadanak Tent – Private Majlis and Gazebos
For those looking for a more private experience, VIP private Majlis and Gazebos are set-up in different areas within the tent where guests can enjoy exclusive service, unlimited flow of tea, coffee, and Arabic sweets with a private butler, and draw the curtains.
Price: Majlis is QR2,000 for up to 10 people, QR1,000 for up to six people, price per Gazebo is QR1,000 for up to six people at the upper lobby, or QR500 for up to six people at the lower lobby.
For more information and reservations, call 4448 1234.
The Ramadan tent has become one of the main traits characterising the Holy Month in the Arab world, as venues are especially erected to provide a convenient meeting place where people gather after sunset, the time when the daily fast is broken. One wonders though if this ritual has its roots in religion or if it is simply a tradition that has developed over time?
The Islamic historian Hassan Al Halak has shed light on the traditions’ origins, explaining that the popular ritual may have begun in Egypt many years ago. It first gained popularity in the country’s capital, Cairo, and eventually spread throughout the country. Originally such tents were erected as a venue for people to present their condolences, and were known as saradek in Arabic.
Over time, associations and businessmen began to make use of these saradek, and often, especially during the winter months, would serve as venues for provision of food and shelter for those in need. This transition was the beginning of the Ramadan tents that we know today. Soon after, Ramadan tents, in their modern sense, began to provide the experience of Arabian hospitality, boasting a lavish Iftar where guests could indulge in a delicious variety of traditional and international dishes every night.
Many Ramadan tents are erected where the purpose is to provide those in need – including orphans, the financially challenged, and the elderly – with necessary food and drink. However nowadays, the majority of people regard such tents as a place to mingle, eat, drink and smoke shisha. Companies may also use these venues to host guests and customers in a comfortable environment, at a time when business typically slows down.
Ramadan Tents in Doha
In Doha, numerous tents can be found across the city during the Holy Month – from those that cater to people in need to luxury Ramadan Tents at every five-star hotel in the city. The tents are generally open for both iftar and suhoor, the former which is served after sunset, and the latter which is served before dawn. The iftar and suhoor meals contain a variety of fresh fruit, vegetables, halal meats, breads, cheeses, and sweets.
Foods commonly served at a traditional Ramadan iftar or suhoor:
- Dates, pistachios and other nuts, and dried fruits – Fresh seasonal fruits and vegetables
- Shabbakia: a dessert made of fried dough flavored with orange blossom water and coated with sesame seeds and honey.
- Paomo: a bread and mutton soup.
- Ramadan Kebabi: a dish made with lamb, onions, yogurt, and pita bread.
- Sherbet: the world’s first soft drink, developed in the Ottoman Empire. Sherbets are made from fruit juices, extracts of flowers or herbs, and combined with water and sugar.
- Fattoush: a salad made of vegetables and pita bread.
- Tabbouleh: a salad made with fresh tomatoes, parsley, garlic, and bulgur wheat.
- Khyar Bi Laban: cucumber and yogurt salad.
- Shorba: lamb stew with tomatoes and chickpeas.
- Fasoulia: stew with green beans and meat.
- Bamia: a stew made with meat and okra.
- Mujadarra: a dish made with rice and lentils.
- Konafah: a pastry made with phyllo dough and cheese.
- Qatayef: a type of Arabic pancake filled with sweet cheese and nuts.
- Foul medammes: fava beans cooked with garlic and spread on bread.
- Kolak: a fruit dessert made with palm sugar, coconut milk, and pandanus leaf. Fruits such as jackfruit or banana are added, or mung beans.
- Harees: a porridge made of meat, wheat, and lentils.
- Paneer: cottage cheese.
- Jalebi: deep-fried dough batter soaked in syrup.
- Kebab: fried patties of ground meat and chickpeas.
- Vimto: contains the juice of grapes, raspberries and blackcurrants (in a 3% concentration), flavoured with herbs and spices.
Author: Sarah Mascarenhas
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