With communities across the Middle East preparing for the start of the holy month of Ramadan from next week, the hospitality sector has been doing its part to celebrate.
A number of luxury properties in the United Arab Emirates have been unveiling plans for the sumptuous Iftar buffets, allowing guests to break the fast in style.
Here we take a look at some of the most popular options from the destination this year.
Jumeirah Emirates Towers
One of the most recognisable destinations in the United Arab Emirates, Jumeirah Emirates Towers, is a favourite for many.
Set at the centre of Dubai’s financial district, the property is blessed with a number of award-winning restaurants.
Life and energy course through the hotel, which makes any Iftar to Suhoor an unforgettable experience to share in.
This year the Majlis Godolphin will be the centre of attention.
Experience dining that fuses past and present in the Godolphin Ballroom’s elegant Ramadan tent, where elements of modern design and traditional style exist in perfect harmony.
This is the place to savour authentic Arabic cuisine to the pacifying sounds of the live oud.
Burj al Arab
An icon of Middle Eastern hospitality, the Burj al Arab – considered the Middle East’s Leading All Suite Hotel by voters at the World Travel Awards – has a number of fine dining options.
The world-renowned Al Falak Ballroom, inspired by a Viennese opera house, will be transformed into a palatial hall dressed in arabesque patterns, this Ramadan.
Indulge in an Arabic Iftar and Suhour buffet featuring Arabic delicacies, topped with a live Badri band.
Or step into Gold on 27 for a Ramadan celebration set in gold bedecked surroundings.
Delight in savoury bites, decadently crafted mocktails and shisha as you take in magnificent views of the Dubai skyline.
For the full Ramadan listings from Jumeirah Group – recognised as the Middle East’s Leading Luxury Hotel Brand – take a look here.
There are numerous luxurious Ramadan tents in Abu Dhabi from which to choose, all offering traditional delicacies and extravagant décor.
However, for those guests looking for a superlative Iftar experience, there is only one choice, and that is Emirates Palace’s Ramadan tent by the sea.
It all takes place within the grand Ramadan Pavilion out on terrace, where guests are treated to tremendous views over the private beach.
As you watch the sunset with your family and friends, you can work your way through the incredible spread of Arabic plates and international cuisines, visit the many live stations and treat yourself to a dessert or two.
Housed in what voters at the World Travel Awards consider to be the Middle East’s Leading Luxury Hotel, the tent’s location evokes Arabian heritage, mystery and refined hospitality.
There is simply no Iftar or Suhoor in Abu Dhabi as sophisticated.
Break your fast with a feast that will be remembered for years to come with Emirates Palace.
Atlantis the Palm
Atlantis, the Palm honours the traditions of Ramadan and hosts one of the best Iftar and Suhour dining experiences in Dubai at the iconic Asateer tent.
With food as a focal point during the evening, it is a great opportunity for both fasting and non-fasting guests to indulge in the true taste of Arabia, socialise and experience a delicious Iftar buffet and fresh juices.
For guests breaking their fast or simply looking to enjoy a sophisticated evening of modern Cantonese cuisine, there is a chance to enjoy a lavish Iftar menu with family and friends in the cosy atmosphere of Hakkasan.
Having taken five titles at the World Travel Awards in April, there is simply no better way to celebrate the holy month of Ramadan.
The Ritz-Carlton, Dubai International Financial Centre
Staying with the United Arab Emirates, and the Ritz-Carlton, Dubai International Financial Centre, is another top location for the faithful.
Within the United Arab Emirates’ most extravagant city, the hotel embodies modern luxury.
Guests can discover a world of superlatives within this Art Deco-inspired hotel, from the biggest ballroom on Sheikh Zayed Road, to an impressive fine art collection.
Considered the Middle East’s Leading Luxury Business Hotel by World Travel Awards voters, the property has confirmed the return of the official Ramadan Majlis.
In celebration of the holy month of Ramadan, the one-of-a-kind property is promising a distinctive experience inspired by the timeless hospitality synonymous with the Arabian culture.
Four Seasons Resort Dubai at Jumeirah Beach
Also popular is the Four Seasons Resort Dubai at Jumeirah Beach, recognised as the Middle East’s Leading Luxury Resort by the World Travel Awards.
The hotel embraces the holy month of Ramadan with a variety of exceptional experiences.
Ideal for celebrating together with families and loved ones, Iftar and Suhoor will be available daily in Suq restaurant and tent at Four Seasons Resort at Jumeirah Beach, and for larger corporate groups looking to mark the occasion, the Dana Ballroom showcases true Arabic hospitality paired with renowned Four Seasons service.
Savour traditional afternoon tea or choose from a variety of delicious cold and hot mezzes at Shai Salon and Terrace watching the sun set over the Arabian Gulf.
The property will also be encouraging everyone to #MoveThisRamadan with a series of light exercise sessions in in the tranquil indoor pool at Four Seasons Resort Dubai at Jumeirah Beach or to unwind and relax with massages at the Pearl Spa.
Mercury Lounge and Sea Fu will be open daily for dinner, with the Ramadan offerings available from the first sighting of the moon in early May until early June 2019.
Find out more here.
Bab Al Qasr Hotel
Finally, Bab Al Qasr Hotel is offering guests a chance to make this year the most memorable Ramadan.
The Millennium Hotels & Resorts-operated property in the heart of Abu Dhabi will welcome guests to the famous Al Tasamoh tent, which can seat up to 600 diners.
There are 12 private majlises that are perfect for small group Iftars, family gatherings or enjoying shisha with friends.
The gourmet Iftar buffet prepared by the talented team of culinary artists features a fantastic assortment of authentic and traditional Arabic and international delicacies complete with live cooking stations, Arabic sweets and desserts including freshly baked kunafa, refreshing fruit juices and Ramadan beverages.
Immerse in the essence of the blessed month listening to live oud music throughout the evening.
With Bab Al Qasr Hotel recognised as Abu Dhabi’s Leading Hotel by the World Travel Awards – you cannot go wrong.