As part of its ongoing commitment to the holy month of Ramadan, Marriott International celebrated the tenth annual Iftar for Cabs initiative at participating Marriott International hotels in the Middle East and Africa, including 10 properties in Qatar. During the hour of Iftar on Tuesday, 14 May 2019, cab drivers who drove through the main entrance of any of the participating hotels received complimentary Iftar packs to break their fast.

Catering teams at each hotel prepared Iftar packs, which included a diverse selection of food and beverage items. Associates from across various departments within the hotels, including Catering, Administration and Guest Services joined forces to bring the Iftar for Cabs initiative to life.  This year participating Marriott International properties in Qatar handed out over 400 Iftar packs to cab drivers.

Participating properties included the Doha Marriott Hotel, JW Marriott Marquis City Center Doha, Marriott Marquis City Center Doha Hotel, Sharq Village & Spa, a Ritz-Carlton Hotel, Sheraton Grand Doha Resort & Convention Hotel, The Ritz-Carlton, Doha, The St. Regis Doha, The Westin Doha Hotel & Spa, W Doha and the soon to open Al Messila, a Luxury Collection Resort & Spa, Doha.

Launched in 2010, the ‘Iftar for Cabs’ initiative has turned into an annual tradition for many cab drivers throughout the region. The initiative has been widely appreciated by hotel owners, local communities and transport authorities.

Guido De Wilde, Chief Operating Officer, Middle East, Marriott International, said:

We thank the cab drivers who support our hotels throughout the year. Iftar for Cabs embodies the spirit of Ramadan and we are extremely proud of our hotel teams as they unite to give back and recognise important members of our community.’

The Iftar for Cabs initiative falls under Marriott International’s Sustainability and Social Impact Platform, Serve 360: Doing Good in Every Direction, which guides how the company makes a positive and sustainable impact wherever it does business. From empowerment opportunities to sustainable hotel development, the platform is designed to foster business growth while balancing the needs of associates, customers, owners, the environment and communities. One of the priority areas, or coordinates, of Serve 360 is Nurture our World. ‘Iftar for Cabs’ is an initiative that directly supports and brings this vision to life.