Plan ahead for the holy month, there's plenty to do including iftar at the world's tallest hotel, writes Christine Iyer.
Ready for Ramadan - iftar in a Dubai ski chalet, holiday in Ajman or a Singapore sojourn
Enjoy a sumptuous iftar spread in the Emirates Palace's spectacular purpose-built Ramadan tent with every night spent at the hotel. Rates start from Dh1,490 and include one night's stay in a double room, taxes and the daily iftar buffet per adult, per day. The offer is valid from August 10 until September 13. Call 02 690 8888 or visit www.kempinski.com to book.
Tuck into a private iftar in a chalet overlooking Ski Dubai. The Grand Ski Chalet Ramadan package at the Kempinski Hotel, Mall of the Emirates, is perfect for large groups and families. Book the chalet for a day and enjoy watching all the action on the slopes. The iftar meal will be served at a luxurious majlis set up specially for the occasion. The package costs Dh365 per person, and comes with cold and hot mezze, soft drinks, water, juices, coffee and tea.
Or spend a night at the hotel and enjoy free iftar at the Sezzam restaurant, or suhoor at Aspen. Rates start from Dh935, including taxes. For dine-in-only guests, the iftar buffet at Sezzam is available for Dh170 per person and includes soft drinks, water, special Ramadan juices and hot beverages. Groups of 10 or more enjoy a discount of 15 per cent. The hotel's KGrill restaurant has a set iftar menu that is offered with shisha. The meal includes all kinds of delicacies, soft drinks, fresh juices, water, coffee and tea, and is served in a majlis set up on the poolside terrace. Iftar with shisha costs Dh264 per person and Dh234 without shisha. The hotel also has a daily suhoor buffet at Aspen for Dh132 per person. All rates include taxes. Call 04 341 0000 or visit www.kempinski.com/dubai.
Celebrate Ramadan at the world's tallest hotel and win a complimentary one-night stay. Rose Rayhaan, a Rotana hotel, has set up a daily raffle draw for guests who partake in the iftar buffet (Dh143 per person, including taxes, unlimited juices and soft drinks) at Petals, the hotel's all-day dining restaurant. The winner gets a complimentary night in a basic room, either single or double occupancy. It is not applicable for stays on weekdays and during public holidays or exhibition times, and does not include breakfast and taxes. Valid for stays until December 31. You can also spend four nights at the hotel and pay for three. Double rooms cost from Dh390 per night, including taxes. The offer is valid until September 8. Call 04 323 0111 or visit www.rotana.com.
Get away to the beachside Kempinski Hotel Ajman for a weekend during Ramadan. The hotel is offering special rates all summer, starting from Dh630 per night for a deluxe sea-view room (either single or double occupancy) on weekdays, or Dh738 per night on weekends. The rates are based on two people sharing, and include daily breakfast per person and taxes. Guests who book online will receive food-and-beverage credit of Dh125, redeemable at any of the restaurants at the hotel. The online booking promotion is valid for stays until September 30. For further information or to book, visit www.kempinski.com.
Stay at the Address Dubai Mall during the holy month and enjoy a complimentary iftar or suhoor buffet. A night's stay in a deluxe double room with suhoor costs from Dh1,078; a stay with iftar costs from Dh1,198 (one meal per day per guest). All rates include taxes. Children up to the age of four stay for free. Visit www.theaddress.com or call for more information.
See Singapore's sights with the special packages on offer at Singapore Airlines. Its Ramadan package starts from Dh2,990 per person, including return airfare (economy class), hotel accommodation for three days and two nights (based on two people sharing a double room), daily breakfast per person, round-trip airport transfers, use of the complimentary daily evening shuttle to Kampong Glam, and a gift bag from Bugis Street Mall.
The Spectacular Sentosa offer starts from Dh3,720 and includes economy-class return air fare, three nights at the Amara Sanctuary boutique resort on Sentosa, daily breakfast, round-trip airport transfers, complimentary entry to one attraction on the island, and one ticket per person to Universal Studios (for use on weekdays only). Valid for outbound travel from August 10 to September 20. Call 02 622 1110 for more information.