The Holy Month is a time of abstention and reflection for Muslims with the breaking of the fast an occasion for family and friends to come together at sunset to enjoy good food and good company. For non-Muslims the island’s many Iftars and Ghabgas present a unique opportunity to sample traditional Arabic dishes that are not always available at other times. We’ve rounded up some of our favourite places to enjoy this special time of year.
Bahrain Enjoy a nutritious and mouthwatering variety of salads, traditional Arabic dishes, a live meat grilling station and a delectable spread of desserts in a charming Arabesque setting. Iftar is priced at BD18 net. For more information, call 17 460-017.
Ritz Carlton Bahrain, Hotel and Spa
Savour the beautiful lighting and unprecedented hospitality of the Al Khayma Tent, offering a truly satisfying Iftar at BD25++ and Ghabga at BD27++. Guests can also book private pergolas with butler service and shisha, priced at BD300++ for six people. La Med offers a wide selection of traditional Ramadan dishes including ouzi and dates at BD22++, from 6pm to 11pm. For more information, call 17 586-499.
Bushra Bushido Lounge
Bushido’s special Ramadan event is among the trendiest in town. Bushido will be converted into a tent, designed for everyone to share the experience, where there will be a mix of traditional dishes and live cooking stations. It all starts at sunset and goes on till 12.30am. Price is BD16.5++ which includes water, buffet, Arabic beverage selection, Arabic coffee and tea. For more information, call 17 583-555.
Four Seasons Bahrain Bay
Overlooking breathtaking views of the Arabian Gulf, the Al Bahrain Ballroom offers a sumptuous dining area and an enigmatic shisha lounge. The buffet offers Lebanese, Moroccan, Indian, Turkish and global cuisine with live cooking stations. Iftar starts at BD25++ from sunset till 8pm, and Ghabga at BD27++ from 9pm to 2am. Kids under 12 dine at half price. For more information, call 17115000.
Diners can choose between the ambiance of a traditional Arabic tent at the Awali Ballroom or one of the restaurants within the hotel complex. Al Safir offers a sumptuous Ghabga from 9PM till 2AM priced at BD12++ per person. At Awali Ballroom, Iftar is priced at BD16++ on weekdays and BD17++ on weekends, from sunset to 8.30pm. For more information, call 17 533-533.
Al Areen Palace and Spa
Embrace the essence of Arabian majesty at the Nadwah ballroom, which transforms into a dazzling space for the duration of the Holy Month, letting you indulge in a feast after the fast. Iftar buffet, which starts at sundown till 9pm daily, is priced at BD15++ on weekdays, and BD17++ on weekends. The Ghabga buffet is priced at BD16++ on weekdays and BD19++ on weekends.
For more information, Call 17 845-000.
K Hotel, Juffair
Sample the signature dishes served at Kolors, as well as a superb selection of traditional and international delicacies. Live cooking and carving stations add to the indulgence of a grand experience. The buffet is priced at BD9.9++ per person, children aged six and below dine for free and those aged seven to 12 years eat at half price. Each guest will be entered into a draw to win a two-night-stay at The K Hotel, with winners being announced at the end of the month.
For more information, Call 17 360-000.
ART Rotana Amwaj Island
Located in the elegant premises of the hotel, Choices is offering the finest spread of traditional and modern dishes for Iftar, priced at BD17++ from sunset to 8.30pm, and Ghabga at BD19++ from 9.15pm to midnight. The terrace of the restaurant transforms into a Ramadan tent with Arabic music, shisha, and multiple TV screens. Dine and enjoy the atmosphere for BD15++. For more information, call 16 000-111.
Crowne Plaza, Bahrain
Celebrate the true spirit of giving this Ramadan with La Mosaique at Crowne Plaza. For every Iftar diner, a donation of 500 fils will be made to Children & Mothers Welfare Society. Iftar and Ghabga packages for groups start at BD14.5 net per person.
For more information, call 17 531-122.