Iftar is the meal with which Muslims break their daily fast. Traditionally, the fast is broken with dates and a small drink of either water, juice or Arabic coffee, before prayers are undertaken, following which iftar is served. Often, Qatari families put on big evening meals for all their family and friends – you’ll sometimes see iftar tents pop up outside big villas – though many also dine out at the many restaurants around the city. There are hundreds to choose from, some offering Middle Eastern cuisines and buffets, others offering contemporary and fusion twists on a traditional iftar. The meal usually starts with soup – such as shorbat (lentil soup) – before mains are brought out, featuring rice, salads, grilled meats and more, and finally a selection of sweets treats for dessert. Here are five iftars to try across the city.
Four Seasons Ramadan Tent The venue will be traditionally decorated and an array of international cuisines will be served along with all traditional favourites. QR235 per person, half price (kids aged five to 12). Daily 6pm-8pm. Four Seasons Hotel Doha, West Bay (4494 8600).
Hyde Park Coffee Shop The iftar buffet on the Lobby Level of Radisson Blu Hotel features traditional Middle Eastern cuisine, international dishes, live cooking stations, traditional drinks and desserts. QR140 per person, half price (kids aged six to 12), special rates apply for groups. Daily sunset-11pm. Radisson Blu Hotel, Ramada Signal (4428 1645).
Sky Lounge Enjoy the sunset at Oryx Rotana’s Sky Lounge as you break your fast with hot beverages and several varieties of Arabian, Moroccan and international sweets. Sky Lounge also has different summer iced tea flavours for refreshments at QR33 each. QR85 per person. Daily from sunset. Oryx Rotana Doha, Umm Ghuwailina (4402 3333).
The Ritz-Carlton Ramadan Tent The grand setting of the Ramadan Tent in Al Wosail Ballroom showcases rich Qatari heritage. You can enjoy a wide selection of Middle Eastern, international and Qatari cuisines for iftar from live cooking stations. Traditional live music, a tanoura dancer and much more also feature. QR220 per person, half price (kids aged six to 12), free (kids aged five and under). 6.30pm-8pm. The Ritz-Carlton Doha, West Bay Lagoon (4484 8000).
The Sultan’s Tent W Doha’s Great Room will be transformed into a grand sultan’s tent for iftar. The venue will offer a buffet featuring live cooking stations serving Middle Eastern and international dishes. A live band will be playing oriental tunes and shisha will be available and charged in addition to the price. QR230 per person, half price (kids aged six to 12), free (kids aged five and under. Daily sunset-8.15pm. W Doha Hotel & Residences, West Bay (4453 5135).