No, we didn’t spend our Ramadan checking out all the Iftar & Suhoor buffets that were available at numerous hotels. That’s the reason why our blog has been a little stagnant for the past couple of weeks which we hope won’t be the case for the next months. 🙂
For most of you who don’t know, I (Karen) was actually out of the country from the last week of May to mid June spending my whole time in Dubai as I was in the process of transferring my sponsorship which required me to exit the country. We both don’t actually fast during Ramadan and I have been in Qatar for such a long time that I was caught off guard as to how different Ramadan was in Dubai. In Qatar, most restaurants were closed only opening usually after the breaking of the fast. In Dubai, it was shocking to me that food courts in malls were open but they were covered plus these were only open to kids and non-Muslims. Quite honestly, I was thankful that this was the case because it meant I could still go out and have food or get it delivered to my hotel which meant I wouldn’t starve. In between I was also able to meet up with my college friend who I last saw 7 years ago (Hi Marianne if you’re reading this! 😉 )! I was also lucky enough to get a chance to go to the places / attractions I missed out on during my initial visit in 2009 prior to the start of Ramadan. I was finally able to witness the dancing fountains, go to The Top of Burj Khalifa which is currently the tallest building in the world plus spend a whole day in Ferrari World.
When I arrived back in Doha, everything was back to the normalcy I was accustomed to. Of course, Allyson & I had to meet up immediately to catch up on what I have missed while I was away. For the most part, Allyson spent most of Ramadan with our friends and occasionally when we received an invite for Iftar while I was away, she attended without me but with a friend because we agreed that the invite shouldn’t go to waste just because I wasn’t around.
After I’ve settled back in and we were both on the same page, we dropped by Centro Capital Doha for Iftar after receiving their invite. Their Iftar was quite lovely & flavorful despite the limited choices. Doaa of Hungy Birds Doha also planned an Iftar gathering composed of mostly Qatar based food bloggers. It was a potluck sort of thing hence everyone had to bring a dish or dessert. We decided to bring Sushi rolls of course plus the drinks and disposables. Don’t think for a second that we hand made all of the sushi rolls because this wasn’t the case. We actually ordered these from Oishi Doha and their sushi rolls were a hit among all the attendees.
We hope you had a peaceful Ramadan and Eid Al Fitr is upon us so let us know what your plans are for the Eid break! 🙂