With Ramadan and the Fifa World Cup coinciding this year, several hospitality chains have offered an extension to their annual tent offerings with plenty of football on the telly too.
However, even with football fever raging, the traditional ambiance of the Ramadan tents with the majlis seating, scrumptious fares and an evening spent with family and friends playing board games and socialising does not deter.
Emirates 24|7 brings 10 tents to experience this holy month with a vast array of delicacies and cultural setting for the family.
Emaar Downtown Ramadan Tent with A View
The annual Ramadan tent by Emaar returns with a tantalising menu and unparalleled views of Burj Khalifa in an air-conditioned setting.
Authentic Arabic dishes will be catered by The Address Hotels and The Palace Hotel, with the menu also including a variety of shisha flavours, with traditional live Arabic music.
Patrons have a seating choice within a large courtyard, a private majlis or a glass-enclosed garden with panoramic views.
The tent is located on Mohammed Bin Rashid Boulevard with valet parking available, along with underground parking.
Price: Dh190 for iftar; Dh120 min spend for suhour (less than 20 people); Dh160 per person (20-50 people); shisha costs extra
Time: Iftar from sunset until 9pm; suhour from 10pm until 1am
Call: 04 423 8883
Ajwan Ramadan Tent At Skydive Dubai
Debuting this year is the Ajwan Ramadan tent at Skydive Dubai, a collaboration between Eventique and the MBC Group.
With a seating capacity of 850 guests, Ajwan will be open from sunset until 4am, with the organisers stating in an official release that ‘top pan-Arab singers and Oud players will perform daily’, with a weekly surprise performance for guests.
Organisers say they will be hosting a range of celebrities such as actors, singers, filmmakers, directors, producers, TV anchors and presenters as well as VIP visitors throughout the month.
The food menu expected to feature variety of Arabian and International dishes prepared by Mama’s Catering.
And for those wondering, yes, they will also be screening World Cup matches and those looking to host a private event can opt for one of the 13 majlis areas.
Price: Dh179 for iftar; Dh150 suhour min spend, shisha separate
Time: From sunset until 8.30pm for iftar; suhour from 9pm until 4am
Call: 04 391 9714
Al Sultan tent QDs
A past favourite for residents of old Dubai, QD’s Al Sultan tent at the Dubai Creek Gold and Yacht Club returns once again for some scrumptious Ramadan meals and plenty of footie action with FIFA on the screens and shisha on the menu.
Price: D145 for iftar; a la carte suhouor
Time: From sunset until 2am
Call: 04 4 295 6000
Asateer Ramadan Tent - Atlantis The Palm With a capacity for 900 guests, Asateer is a firm favourite for those looking for that VIP experience for an unforgettable Ramadan experience.
A Royal Majlis and five exclusive majlis areas also available for booking, with a prayer room attached.
The tent also has a traditional tableh and oud players with shisha on the menu during suhour.
Price: Dh195 for iftar, children pay Dh95, under three eat free; a la carte suhour, strictly for 21 years and up
Time: From sunset until 8.30pm; suhour from 9.30pm until
Call: 04 426 0800
Ramadan Nights at Sheraton Jumeirah
The Sheraton Jumeirah Beach Resort creates a fully air-conditioned Ramadan tent in the gardens of the hotel overlooking the Arabian Sea, giving you the opportunity to experience the true meaning of ‘Ramadan Nights’, with special camel rides and loads of entertainment for the kids.
Keeping the majlis in mind, after iftar, families and friends and sit back to play cards, board games and catch footie action, while the children can enjoy face painting, arts and crafts and story telling sessions.
Oh, and complimentary camel rides for all.
Iftar and suhour include all the favourite Arabian and international delicacies, with live cooking stations to serve the likes of manakish and more.
Price: Dh185 for iftar; children free up to five, from 6-12 get 50 per cent off. Time: From sunset until 3am
Call: 04 315 3862
Kempinski The Palm Jumeirah
This year at Kempinski Hotel Palm Jumeirah guests can enjoy the Ramadan majlis in a special tent set up at the outdoor terrace of Brunello Restaurant, offering views of the lush gardens and the Palm Jumeirah lagoon.
The tent will also beam live screenings of the football matches on multiple TVs inside the tent.
Price: Dh185 for iftar, Dh95 for children 6-12; kids below six eat free; also Dh170 per person for groups of 10 guests or more; Dh95 min spend for suhour
Time: From sunset; suhour from 9.30pm until 4am
The Jaguar Tent at DIMC
A tucked away open secret is this Ramadan/FIFA tent at the Dubai International Marine Club (DIMC) in Marina.
Aside from catching all the footie action in, both English and Arabic, the Jaguar Tent has a host of performances planned for Ramadan, including Whirling Dervishes every night, along with oriental bands, a PlayStation area, board games, movies and popular shows for the occasion.
Price: Dh179 for iftar; a la carte for suhour, no min spend
Time: 5pm to 5am
Call: 050 115 2544
Ramadan Pavilion at Emirates Palace
If you’re in Abu Dhabi, make sure to indulge in the opulent Emirates Palace Hotel’s iftar, where a custom-built Ramadan pavilion that overlooks the beach.
Signature dishes from Mezlai, the Emirati restaurant at Emirates Palace and traditional delicacies of will be offered in an extensive buffet every night.
Suhoor will feature special set menus as well as à la carte items with the best traditional dishes and a selection of shishas.
The pavilion will include a large open dining area for iftar buffets, four private majlis and a separate lounge area.
A custom-fitted climate control system will keep guests cool around-the-clock.
Price: Dh265++ for iftar; suhour Dh150 min spend with shisha
Time: Sunset to 9pm for iftar; 9.30pm to 1.30am suhour
Call: 02 690 9000
Le Royal Meridien Abu Dhabi
Discover captivating Ramadan nights at Layali El Hilmiya.
The air-conditioned tent will offer an array of hot and cold mezzes, fateer, and traditional saj to name just a few of the many delicacies on offer and all made in front of you for suhour.
Sweets cannot be missed either with the season’s specialties like achtaliyeh, kenafa and katayef.
Ramadan juices and teas complete the offerings.
Variety flavoured shisha will also be available to enjoy inside the tent, while varied live entertainment options include games, large TV screening of favourite Ramadan programmes, live Oudh player and more.
Price: Dh175+ for iftar
Time: From 9pm to 3am
Call: 02 674 2020
Seaview Ramadan Tent at Kempinski Hotel Ajman Who says Dubai has a monopoly on Ramadan tents?
Head to authentically designed Seaview Ramadan Tent at the Kempinski Hotel Ajman for those who don’t want to drive to Dubai for a majlis experience and enjoy iftar with family and friends with a chance to win a stay in one of hotel properties.
Price: Dh140 for iftar/suhour; special group rates apply
Time: From sunset until 3am
Call: 06 714 5555