Lavish decorations, colourful flowing drapes and lanterns, and an array of international cuisine are the staples of every Ramadan tent. This year, the five-star hotel venues have gone far and above anything we’ve seen before. From the iconic Souq tent at the St Regis Hotel to the Sultan’s tent at the W Hotel starring Michelin star chef Greg Malouf, there are some remarkable Ramadan tents on offer during the holy month. Here’s our top picks…
The Grand Hyatt is a master in the field when it comes to Ramadan celebrations. The Ramadanak Tent captures the essence of true Arabian tradition with a vibrant atmosphere and sumptuous buffet of classic Arabic cuisine on offer. Acclaimed chef’s from each of the hotel’s restaurants will come together to produce a wonderful selection of food at a very reasonable price of QAR 220 for the Iftar buffet and QAR 200 for Sohour, making the Grand Hyatt the ideal destination for those celebrating in big groups. There is also a deluxe Sohour tray available for those who want to dine late, at a price of QAR 140.
Iftar Buffet: Dusk – 8.30pm
Sohour Buffet: 10pm – 1am
Following the 2015 QTA award for ”The Finest Ramadan Tent in Qatar”, once again the Grand Ballroom at the St Regis Hotel will be transformed into the iconic Ramadan Souq. Lose yourself in the streets of the St Regis Ramadan Tent for the evening and discover all your favourite local dishes, accompanied by the best entertainment in town. The Iftar buffer displays a selection of breads, such as Semonlina Lavash, Brown and White Arabic Bread and Spinach Fatayer, cold and hot mezzeh platters, mains such as Chicken Molokhia, Kebbeh bio laban and Lamb ouzi and finally the finest selection of desserts in the city. The Iftar buffet is priced at QAR 230 and the Sohour Buffet at QAR 290. For the first year however, guests can choose where to celebrate Sohour with the addition of the Al Sukaria Tent transforming the AL Gassar Ballroom, inspired by Egypt. Priced at QAR 145, guests will be able to enjoy food from the live cooking stations, such as Chicken Shawarma’s, Beef Liver and Falafel Sandwiches, Egyptian Style Pizza, Bilila and Homos El Sham. There will also be a selection of Egyptian hot and cold desserts available such as Date and Toffee Pudding, Om Ali and Fatter.
1001 NIGHTS INSPIRED AL WOSAIL TENT
Themed Ramadan tent’s are our favourite and the 1001 Nights inspired Al Wosail Tent at the Ritz-Carlton is one the best in Doha. Living cooking and carving stations are placed around the room showcasing regional cuisine, fresh salads and beautifully tempting desserts. Relax and enjoy the Tanoura dance entertainment from the comfort of your table in the main dining room, or alternatively if privacy is what you want then from your private majlis seating. Priced at QAR 216 for both Iftar and Sohour buffets and a 50% saving on children under 12, the Al Wosail Tent is an obvious choice for families and friends alike.
Daring to break the mould, this year the Sultan’s Tent at the W Hotel will showcase a live cooking station from Michelin star chef Greg Malouf. This will be Chef Greg Malouf’s first trip to Doha and he will be manning his very own live station and cooking up a storm for guests who attend the Iftar and Sohour buffets, priced at QAR 230 and QAR 285 respectively. The tent will offer traditional Arabic cuisine, as well as other international cooking stations and a broad shisha menu. PLUS, the W Hotel will be giving away 4 economy class tickets and 1 business class ticket to any Qatar Airways destination on 16th June and 30th June. You’ve got to be in it to win it!
Iftar: Dusk – 8.15pm
Sohour: 9.30pm – 2am
STREETS OF ARABIA
It’s the biggest Iftar in town, with over 100 dishes to choose from, every day from dusk until 8pm The Gallery restaurant will be set up in true Ramadan tent style. The restaurant will be adorned in decorations and the lobby will be transformed into a traditional souq, featuring henna artist, falconry and Arabia tea & coffee stations. As well as the fantastic food, priced at QAR 195, there will also be a large selection of shisha available outdoors to enjoy. We’re all familiar with the Marriott brunch, showcasing dozens of live cooking stations with Indian, Mexican, Spanish, Asian and European cuisine and the Marriott Iftar is no different. It’s definitely one to try out!
For further information of any of the above destinations, click on the link and find details on the website. Bookings can be made via phone or email with some hotel’s even giving a cheaper rate for early bookings so GET BOOKING!