Eid Mubarak. It is that time of year again, the Holy Month of Ramadan has been and gone hopefully taking with it the most of the summer heat.
For those who are unfamiliar with Ramadan, it is the time of year on the Islamic calendar where for a month, Muslims focus their time and energy on personal and religious reflection through prayer and fasting. The practice of fasting is perhaps the most well known exercise which accompanies the Holy Month. From sunrise to sunset, Muslims abscond from taking in anything into their body (food, water, smoking etc.)
Due to the difficult nature of fasting, in this part of the world that means no water in 40 odd degrees for 12 hours, evenings are welcomed with open arms as Muslims celebrate together ‘in the spirit of Ramadan’ with their family and friends. The tradition of Muslims breaking fast together has matured from the simple Ramadan tent Iftar to elaborate Iftars and Suhoors.
As a non-Muslim, Ramadan is an opportunity to engage with local customs and learn a little bit more about the home culture of the UAE. The PRCo Dubai team, made up of both fasters and non-fasters took the chance to explore some of the great Iftars which were on offer throughout the Holy Month.
Here are some of our favourites.
Hakkasan Dubai – Cantonese food with an Arabic twist