We are now in the Holy Month of Ramadan, where Muslims have to fast during the hours of daylight. At sundown the fast is broken with an Iftar meal and families often gather together to observe this. Mosques erect large tents in their grounds and provide Iftar meals for the less well off where the food is donated by the local congregations.
Most non-muslim expats take the chance at least once to take Iftar, frequently at hotels, sometimes as the guest of a muslim friend’s family and occasionally at a local restaurant – and this is the option I took with some friends last night.
We dined at the Heritage Village restaurant in Al Qattara (N24 15.787 E55 44.939), and enjoyed a lovely spread of arabic foods for the princely sum of 75aed. No need to book as the restaurant is huge and they can cope with large numbers. It’s just been renovated and has lost some of its rustic charm; though the good news is it now has a/c throughout so it will be a lot more pleasant during the day in the summer. Outwith Ramadan it is open 24 hours a day and their number is 03 763 0155. Once the Iftar meal is over you can order from their a la carte menu and there is a good choice of arabic cuisine as well as the western staples of steak and burgers.
The food is of hotel quality and every night there is a roast – last night it was goat!
Wishing my Muslim friends Ramadan Kareem (Blessings), may this Holy month be joyous and blessed for them and their families.