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Qatar hotels readying delights for Ramadan

Dipti Nair
HOTELS across Qatar are gearing up to observe a memorable Ramadan, bringing an abundant selection of traditional Arabian flavours alongside more contemporary dishes to your table.
This year, while Ramadan falls in the thick of summer, hotels promise cool comforts at iftar and suhour in their elaborate and lavish Ramadan tents. Qatar's oldest and most iconic hotel, the Sheraton Grand Doha has announced a host of offers for those who wish to experience Ramadan in a Qatar landmark.
"The theme of our Ramadan tent this year is 'turath', which translates to 'heritage' in English. Our Turath Ramadan Tent will feature an Arabesque setting and a warm golden colour scheme, reflecting the rich Qatari heritage," said Sheraton Grand Doha General Saeid Heidari.
In addition, the hotel will also have special stay offers for two, along with Garangao celebrations for children.
"This month, we will also be introducing two new characters, Shiko and Shika, which will appeal to most families. Inspired by the Arabian oryx, Shiko and Shika will be the face of the happenings around the hotel and will be giving our audience a peek into Qatar's culture," he added.
The Ramadan tent at Shangri-La Hotel, Doha will have an exciting Turkish souq theme to observe their 'Ramadan Nights'. The Shangri-La Ballroom will blend contemporary Turkish design with traditional Arabian touches, and will be decked to resemble the streets and souqs of Turkey.
"The d`cor at the Ramadan tent combined with cuisine which includes such tasty treats as Turkish ice cream, Turkish fruit juices and live cooking stations - will create an ambience which will definitely make the Ramadan tent experience unique and unforgettable. Two Turkish chefs from our sister property Shangri-La Hotel Bosphorus Istanbul, are coming to spend the Holy Month delighting our guests to the tent," said Shangri-La General Manager Alex Willats.
The hotel also has a special children's dining and play area to keep the little ones busy while you enjoy your evening.
Fraser Suites Doha, which mainly caters to a corporate clientele with its fully serviced apartments, is all set to receive its Ramadan guests at its newly-opened Arabian themed restaurant, Al Amaken, with exclusive iftar and suhour offers. And while most hotels have amazing staycation offers for guests during the Holy Month, Fraser Suites also offers a daycation, wherein you can check-in, enjoy the facilities and check-out to enjoy iftar.
Qatar has seen the launch of many new hotel brands in the last year and the one gaining popularity amongst social circles is Mondrian Doha, all set to celebrate its first Ramadan with some exciting offers and give competitors a run for their money.
"Our approach to design and our world-class culinary offering ensures Mondrian Doha positions itself as a game-changer in the hospitality industry in the region. Our One Thousand and One Arabian Nights inspired Ramadan tent at the Moonstone Ballroom will offer outstanding design where guests will enjoy impeccable service along with the finest iftar and sohour menus designed by our world-renowned chefs. We feel this is a testament to the hotel's commitment in offering unique 360 experiences for guests to enjoy, not only during our first Ramadan, but many more to come. In addition, Walima, which showcases Qatari hospitality with a modern twist, will offer an a la carte menu with special daily Ramadan dishes showcasing its Arabian-inspired cuisine," said Mondrian Doha General Manager Axel Gasser.
The Holy Month of Ramadan is all about fasting but once dusk comes, it's time to healthy food and with the many and varied options in Qatar, you will be spoilt for choice.