The season of prayer , fasting and reflection is upon us once again. Covering the entire city with a quiet and pensive atmosphere, the month of Ramadan, the ninth month of the Islamic Lunar calendar is considered one of the five pillars of Islam.
The Arabic word for fasting is “sawm” which literally means “to refrain”. Refrain from food, drink and evil acts and thoughts. It is a time to purify the soul, refocus attention to God by way of self sacrifice and prayer. It is also a season to strengthen ties with family and friends and this is most expressed during the breaking of the fast , Iftar and Suhoor.
Iftar occurs after sunset (Maghrib) while Suhoor is the meal before sunrise. These meal times have become quite famous with families gathering together and breaking fast together. It has become such an important family affair that now many hotels and restaurants offer Iftar and Suhoor.
Here at the Marco Polo, one can enjoy a lavish Iftar buffet featuring a fusion of Indian Sub Continent and Middle Eastern cuisine presented in a spread of sumptuous selections of traditional mezze and an array of Indian specialties complete with a roster of live cooking stations including all time favorites, Chaat, Tawa and Jalebi .
Ramadan is the perfect time to learn more about the UAE’s heritage and culture, and attending an iftar is one of the greatest ways to immerse yourself in its traditions.
Come together with friends, family and colleagues to feast on Arabic /Indian delights and celebrate the traditions of Ramadan in elegant surroundings.