Ramadan at Kempinski Hotel Mall of the Emirates
Have you ever been to Dubai during Ramadan? If not then you should definitely come and visit. Here is a bit of a background and what to experience during this wonderful month.
Ramadan, which commemorates the revelation of the Holy Quran, is a significant month in the Islamic calendar. It is the holy month of fasting when Muslims abstain from all food and drink from dawn to dusk. Most of the restaurants and shopping malls in Dubai will be open however special Ramadan timings might occur. For those who are not fasting there are restaurants that are open throughout the day.
There are a host of Ramadan-related activities taking place around the city and it is a lovely time of the year to get to know the culture and traditions of the region and the country better.
At Kempinski Hotel Mall of the Emirates we are celebrating Ramadan in style. We serve daily iftars at K Grill our signature all day dining restaurant, and for those guests who are looking for a unique iftar experience we also provide it in our exclusive Ski Chalets, where guests have exceptional views of Ski Dubai. Nothing like dining in cool Winter Wonderland when it is hot outside – now that’s a priceless experience.
Emirati hospitality and traditions are very evident during this month as iftars are hosted across Dubai and residents of different nationalities come together to share the spirit of Ramadan. Visitors will definitely be charmed by the warmth and friendliness of the people.
Our Emirati colleague Fatma El Shabibi, who is our Lady in Red, shared with us her thoughts on Ramadan and what it means to her.
“Throughout the year our lives are so busy with work and everything else that we don’t always have enough time to spend with our loved ones. Therefore Ramadan is the perfect time of year for my family and I to spend quality time with each other. As part of the family tradition we will gather during Iftar time every day and this is the best part of Ramadan for me.
I started fasting together with my siblings when I was only four years old however my mum would only allow me to fast for a half day, as I was too young. I love Ramadan and when I was little I used to help my mother in the kitchen to prepare for Iftar – so this month always brings back special childhood memories.”
During Ramadan Emirati families serve special food such as Harees, Samosas and Emirati bread and when Fatma’s family gathers everyone would bring a special traditional dish to be served during the iftar. There will be at least 20 people around their table every evening so Ramadan is really about spending time with your loved ones.
If you would like to find out more about Ramadan visit The Sheikh Mohammed Centre for Cultural Understanding a non-profit organization established to increase awareness and understanding between the various cultures that live in Dubai. They also organize lovely Ramadan experiences for tourists.
So if you haven’t been to Dubai during Ramadan yet we definitely suggest you to do so. You will be spoilt for choices of Iftars!