Muscat: Ramadan is well under way, as we mark the month of fasting with shorter working hours and Iftar — the evening meal to break the fast, usually shared with family and friends.
With some of the best restaurants in Muscat and most seasoned kitchens in town, all the major hotels offer Iftar with a special Ramadan menu. Usually designed as buffets, Iftar offers a variety of options with cuisine that ranges from local favourites to popular international dishes.
The World Cup may dominate minds, but with special menus and buffets, here's what some of the city's top hotels have in store. We provide a sampling of where you can break your fast during Ramadan.
Hotels in Oman are celebrating Ramadan by offering fasting guests unique dining experiences throughout the holy month.
Al Bustan Palace
Oman's luxury resort, Al Bustan Palace, a Ritz-Carlton Hotel, invites guests to celebrate the Holy month of Ramadan with a sumptuous Iftar experience at Al Khiran Terrace. Guests may choose to enjoy the evening with family and friends in a private setting or join in a traditional Iftar dinner with members of the local community.
Held nightly during the Holy month, the Iftar dinner features a grand buffet offering a delectable selection of Middle Eastern dishes including hot and cold mezze, stews, barbecued meat and seafood, freshly baked breads and classic Arabic desserts.
In addition to the traditional festivities of Iftar, a special Ramadan Palatial Experience package is also available throughout Ramadan. Starting at OMR 120, the package includes an overnight stay in a deluxe room, Iftar at Al Khiran Terrace and special in-room Suhoor for up to two adults.
From July 3 to 28, the Iftar buffet is being hosted on the ballroom terrace. Arabian tents have been put up, with decorations made from traditional Omani fabrics. After Iftar, guests are invited for entertainment organised by the resort.
Iftar buffet is available daily from sunset until 9pm at OMR18 per person.
For reservations or inquiries contact the resort on (968) 2477 6666
Oman's luxury 5-star hotel, Grand Hyatt, has invited guests to celebrate the holy month with 'Ramadanak' at Grand Hyatt Muscat' in three cuisine areas located in the hotel.
The Marjan lounge which is usually closed in the summer season, has been transformed specifically for this holy month, into a closed air-conditioned Arabian themed tent.
Sponsored by the National Bank of Oman and Maserati, the lounge is open every night from 8pm to 3am. They will be serving Suhoor, delicious Ramadan specialties, juices and will also be showcasing the FIFA World Cup games.
The Suhoor dinner features a grand buffet offering a delicious selection of Arabian dishes including hot and cold mezze, sandwiches, freshly baked breads and traditional Arabic desserts.
To complement the buffet, customised Ramadan decorations and music has enhanced the dining experience.
The lounge also allows football fans to watch the FIFA World Cup live on large TV screens during their dining experience.
Iftar at Majlis
Traditional Iftar will be served throughout the month of Ramadan in the hotel's lobby offering se