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Qatar International Food Festival 2019

It’s Time to Celebrate Food!

Organisers reveal details of QIFF’s 10th Edition kicking off on 20 March at Qatar Foundation’s Oxygen Park:

  • Cooking Theatre returns with twice the number of international chefs 
  • 50 schools across Qatar to participate in healthy food workshops at QNL
  • 15 % of booths dedicated to upcoming local businesses and SMEs

 

Organisers of Qatar International Food Festival (QIFF) revealed more details on the 10th edition of the country’s longest-running multicultural event, held from 20 – 30 March at Oxygen Park in Qatar Foundation’s Education City. This edition marks 10 successful years of paving the way for opportunities in Qatar’s F&B sector while welcoming visitors and residents to enjoy the diverse flavours of the world at the forefront of Qatar’s picturesque venues.

This year’s highlights include over 150 F&B stalls spread over 3 dedicated areas: O1 for main course specialties; O2 for kids-friendly foods and activities; and O3 for cafes and light food along with private seating areas serving curated pre-set menus. Popular features like Cooking Theatre return this edition with around 30 international and local celebrity chefs, in addition to vibrant cultural shows, roaming entertainment, and month-long side events offering learning opportunities of culinary craft and healthy nutrition to participants of all ages.   

Rashed AlQurese, from Qatar National Tourism Council (QNTC) commented, “We are excited to launch this year’s edition of QIFF with the support of our partners and celebrate the success of this decade-long food tradition that continues to attract celebrity chefs, food-lovers, F&B entrepreneurs, and so many members of Qatar’s diverse community.” 

“QIFF has played a key role in our strategy to grow and diversify the country’s tourism experiences through vibrant festivals and events. We congratulate all our private sector partners for this success and look forward to continuing to attract people from all corners of the world, as well as residents representing different cultures, to come together and enjoy the intersection of food and culture.”

QIFF 2019’s Strategic Partner is Qatar Foundation (QF), an organization that supports Qatar on its journey to becoming a diversified and sustainable economy. QF’s iconic Oxygen Park in Education City will offer an impressive venue, layout and format to QIFF visitors this year.

Mohammed A. Fakhroo, Executive Director of Outreach and Institutional Advancement, QF, said: “We are

very happy that this successful festival will take place at Oxygen Park, a green space designed for recreation in Education City. In hosting it, we are emphasizing the message that our doors are always open to all members of the community. And we would like to take this opportunity to invite everyone to discover for themselves the inclusive experience that Qatar Foundation offers, enabling them to explore and benefit from the facilities for education and enjoyment that we provide. These facilities are open to the wider community, and to visitors from both within and outside Qatar, not just during this and other festivals and events, but all year round.

“Through this partnership, QF is seeking to enhance its collaboration with, and support for, local initiatives and events. Hosting this event is part of our mission to support community development in Qatar, which is a core mission area of Qatar Foundation. This event directly contributes to supporting and fostering cultural diversity and interaction between people from different backgrounds. And through being hosted in Education City, it is taking place in a diverse, active, unique, and multicultural setting.”

Since its inception in 2010 as part of Qatar’s strategy to grow and diversify its tourism offerings in partnership with the private sector, QIFF continues to grow and welcomed over 400,000 visitors last year. Like previous years, this edition will be organised and delivered by QNTC with the support of numerous partners representing the aviation, entertainment, hospitality and F&B sectors in Qatar. 

Qatar Airways SVP Marketing and Corporate Communications, Ms. Salam Al Shawa, said: “We are delighted to partner with QIFF on its 10th anniversary, bringing new culinary masters from around the world to Doha to showcase their cultural flavors and culinary art. As the national carrier of the State of Qatar, we are looking forward to bringing the world to Qatar and offer residents and visitors a delicious selection of world cuisine. We could not be more proud to participate in this event bringing our diverse community together.”

Other partners of the festival include, beIN, Vodafone, W Doha, Torba Farmer’s Market, Kidzania Doha, Aura Hospitality, Qatar-India Year of Culture, Akly, La Cantine, Talabat, Uber, Chargello Qatar, Wahab, The Cooking Academy, Qatar TV, and Jeem TV. 

Mashal Shahbik, from QNTC commented, “We are delighted to celebrate the decade-long journey of QIFF and the way it has been bringing in limelight, Qatar’s iconic venues and authentic offerings. Over the years, the festival has not only inspired entrepreneurs to introduce innovative restaurants and dishes but also, it has paved way for event organisers to introduce specialised food festivals, making Qatar’s gastronomic canvas more vibrant year after year.”

International Maestros at Live Cooking Theatre

To celebrate its milestone anniversary, QIFF is hosting around 30 international and local celebrity chefs from 14 countries to show their culinary magic in its most popular Live Cooking Theatre. These include: Manal Al Alam, Jameela Al Lanquawi, Tasneem Al Nasrallah, Al Yazi AL Awadh, Morimoto Masaharu, Eric Lanlard, Richard Sandoval, Ranveer Brar, Goila Saranch, Siba Mtongana, Jenny Morris, Salma Souleiman, Wafik Belaid, Sam Çeviköz, Dominique Ansel, Aisha Al Tamimi, Ameena Mussa, Sarra Al Sayed, Hend Salah, Noora Al Mazroui, Noora Al kuwari, Chef Belkhams, Chef Hassan, Stephane Buchholzer, Elif Edes Tapan, Jason Atherton, Francesco Scala, Shane Macneill, and Rusly Ahmed.

Chef’s Table

Select 5-star restaurants across Doha are offering residents and visitors a unique opportunity to join internationally-acclaimed chefs for an interactive cooking and tasting experience through QIFF Chef’s Table. The chefs include Japanese celebrity chef & restaurateur Chef Nobu Matsuhissa, Acclaimed US chef Richard Sandoval, Francesco Scala and Shane Macneill from Novikov Doha, Chef Eric Lanlard, Jason Atherton and International Barista Trainer Sam Ceviköz.

Cooking Masterclasses at Chef’s Garden:

Aspiring chefs can register to attend Masterclasses with celebrity chefs Masaharu Morimoto, Barista -Sam Çeviköz, Siba Mtongana, Jenny Morris, Salma Souleiman, Wafik Belaid and Jason Atherton at the Chef’s Garden restaurant in the Education City. 

Qurated QIFF Menus

Extending the QIFF experience for food lovers beyond the festival’s venue, more than 35 restaurants and cafes will offer special food groupings of a three-course menu of 3 different set at discounted prices of: 45 QAR, 95 QAR and 125 QAR

At the Festival, there will be exclusive private booths this year serving pre-set Qurated QIFF Menus for those who like to dine in luxury. 

Schools Activation at Qatar National Library:

In partnership with Qatar Foundation, QIFF will deliver a healthy food and nutrition awareness programme for students from 50 schools across Qatar from 10-14 March, helping students distinguish between healthy nutrition and unhealthy foods, and understand the benefits and harms of each. 

Local Chefs including Ayman Nasser Al-Din, Youssef Oweida, Deldar Hussein, Noora All Mazroui, Sarah Al Sayed, Warda Ibrahim and Coach Noora Al Kuwari will prepare healthy and tasty snacks in front of the students, helping them gain a visual understanding of where food comes from and an appreciation of healthy alternatives to common snacks. 

Small & Medium Entrepreneurs:

 QIFF has successfully contributed in enriching the country’s dining canvas by not only attracting international chefs to open local outlets but also, providing a platform for local entrepreneurs to introduce their innovative offerings including businesses that offer local produce from Qatari farms, offering unique authentic food experiences from gate to plate.  To celebrate these experiences, QIFF has dedicated 15% of its spaces to up-coming entrepreneurs and local SMEs.

In and Around Education City

So far, QIFF has been hosted at numerous scenic venues across Qatar including Katara Cultural Village, MIA Park, Hotel Park, and The Pearl-Qatar. This year, residents and visitors from all over the world attending QIFF will get a chance to explore the impressively designed and landscaped Oxygen Park, also referred to as the ‘green lungs of Education City’, as well as other amenities within the premises, including Qatar National Library, the Minaretein building (Education City Mosque), Qur’anic Botanic Garden, and Torba Farmers Market.

Exciting Entertainment 

Adding to the festive atmosphere at Oxygen Park, the main festival stage will host a variety of live performances, cultural shows and roaming entertainment running throughout the day. In line with the Qatar-India Year of Culture 2019 theme, the festival will showcase special food and cultural offerings.

About QIFF

Qatar International Food Festival (QIFF) is a multicultural festival that celebrates the country’s diverse food, beverage and hospitality offerings. Held over several days during spring, the Festival invites residents and visitors to enjoy special culinary experiences in scenic outdoor spaces.

QIFF forms part of Qatar’s strategy to grow and diversify the country’s tourism offering, particularly in the area of family and urban entertainment. Thanks to the collaborative efforts of partners in both the public and private sector, it has grown since its first edition in 2010 to become one of the most-anticipated events in Qatar’s growing calendar of annual festivals and events. 

This year QIFF celebrates its milestone 10th Anniversary Edition.

Qatar International Food Festival 2019

Dates Wednesday, 20th March – Saturday, 30th March (11 days)

Opening Hours 3.00 pm – 11.00 pm on weekdays (Saturday – Wednesday)

                                    3:00 pm – 1:00 am pm on weekends (Thursday & Friday)

Main Location Oxygen Park, Education City

Organised by Qatar National Tourism Council

Host Partner Qatar Foundation

Other Partners beIN, Qatar Airways, W Doha, Vodafone, Kidzania Doha, Aura Hostpitality, Akly, La Cantine, Talabat, Uber, Qatar TV and Jeem TV

@ Oxygen Park

  • Festivities spread over entire area of Oxygen Park which covers 130,000-square-metre
  • 3 dedicated areas: O1 for main course specialties; 

O2 for kids-friendly foods and activities; and

O3 for cafes and light food along with private seating areas serving curated pre-set menus.

  • 152 participants in total 
  • 23 number of local new and upcoming businesses. 
  • Torba, Qatar Foundation’s farmers market, offering farm-to-table experiences.

Price Ranges: QAR 5 – QAR 40 

Daily entertainment & activities

  • Roaming shows and Entertainment on Stage
  • Live music bands

Festival Ground amenities & facilities

  • Underground parking with over 3,000 spaces
  • Nearby mosque: Education City Mosque
  • 8 additional restroom units. 
  • Ramps for easier wheelchair and pram access

QIFF’s centerpiece, the Live Cooking Theatre returns this year and will run daily food photography sessions and contests between 4:00-6:00pm. And, between 6:00 – 10:30 pm guest chefs will share their tips and tricks with a special food theme for each day. 

29 International celebrity chefs from 14 countries at the cooking theater: 

  • Masharu Morimoto (US Iron Chef – Japan)
  • Manal Al Alem (Celebrity chef, TV host & Author – Jordan)
  • Aisha Altamimi (Celebrity chef & food programme presenter – Qatar)
  • Noora Al Kuwari (Renowned Chef and Health Coach – Qatar)
  • Richard Sandoval (Critically-acclaimed Chef, Global Restaurateur & Cookbook Author – USA)
  • Jameela Al Lenqawi (Celebrity Chef & TV host- Kuwait)
  • Tasneem Al NasrAllah (Celebrity Chef – Kuwait)
  • Ranveer Brar (Chef, TV show host, judge and food stylist – India)
  • Noora Al Mazroui (Celebrity Chef – Qatar)
  • Eric Lanlard (Pâtissier and celebrity chef – France)
  • Al Yazi Al Waad (Celebrity Chef – Kuwait)
  • Ameena Mussa (Celebrity Chef – Qatar)
  • Sarra Al Sayed (Owner & Founder of Bakeries and Consultations company – Qatar)
  • Hend Salah (Celebrity Chef – Qatar)
  • Siba Mtongana (Celebrity chef, TV show host and judge 0 South Africa)
  • Goila Saranch (Chef and restaurateur – India)
  • Jenny Morris (celebrity chef and radio personality – South Africa) 
  • Stephane Bucholzer (Executive Chef W Doha Hotel & residences – France)
  • Dominique Ansel (Celebrity pastry chef and restaurateur– France)
  • Salma Soleiman (Chef & TV show host – Egypt)
  • Wafik Belaid (Chef & TV show host – Tunisia)
  • Chef Belkhams (Celebrity Chef – Qatar)
  • Chef Hassan (Chef at We café – Qatar)
  • Stephane Buchholzer, 
  • Elif Edes Tapan (Turkey)
  • Jason Atherton (UK) 
  • Francesco Scala (Italy)
  • Shane Macneill (Ireland)
  • Rusly Ahmed (Sri Lanka)

In Doha & Around Qatar

QIFF Menu

1-31 March 2019

  • The festivities will extend to more than 35 restaurants around Qatar throughout the month of March. 
  • They will offer special food groupings of a three-course menu of 3 different Set Menus available at: 45 QAR, 95 QAR and 125 QAR.
  • Last day for hotels to register for QIFF menu is 27th of February 2019. 

Chef’s Table 

  • Select 5-star restaurants across Doha are offering residents and visitors a unique opportunity to join internationally-acclaimed chefs for an interactive cooking and tasting experience. 
  • Spaces limited to 10- 20 persons per class; bookings can be made through the restaurant’s/ hotels’ reservation platforms.

School Activation for QIFF at Qatar National Library, Education City:

10 – 14 March (8 am – 12 pm)

  • In partnership with Qatar Foundation, deliver a healthy food and nutrition awareness programmed for students from 50 schools across Qatar.
  • helping students distinguish between healthy nutrition and unhealthy foods and understand the benefits and harms of each. At the sessions, the chefs prepare healthy and tasty snacks in front of the students, helping them gain a visual understanding of where food comes from and an appreciation of healthy alternatives to common snacks. 

Volunteering Chefs participating in school activation: 

Chef Ayman Nasser Al-Din, Chef Youssef Oweida, Chef Deldar Hussein, Chef Noora All Mazroui, Chef Sarah Al Sayed, Chef Warda Ibrahim, Coach Noora Al Kuwari.

Celebrity Chef Date & time Restaurant Price
Chef Nobu Matsuhissa

Japanese Celebrity Chef & restaurateur – Nobu Restaurants – Part of Chef’s Table

Sunday, 3 March 

3:00- 4:00 pm 

Tuesday, 5 March

1:00–2:00 pm/3:00-4:00pm

Nobu restaurant,

Four seasons Doha

QAR 500 –1,000
Francesco Scala &          

Shane Macneill

From Novikov Doha

Monday, 11 March 

2:00 pm

Tuesday, 12 March

6:30 pm

Novikov Doha, 

At Katara Cultural Village

Chef Eric Lanlard

Pâtissier and celebrity chef – France

Friday, 22 March

Timing: TBA

Astor Grill –

ST. Regis Hotel

Richard Sandoval

Celebrity Chef, Global Restaurateur & Cookbook Author – Masterclass

Friday, 22 March

Time: TBA

Restaurant Toro Toro

Kempinski Hotel

Jason Atherton

Celebrity Chef from UK

Date: TBA

Time: TBA

Pearl Social Restaurant | Marsa Malaz Kempinski 

The Pearl Doha

 

Cooking Master Classes at Chef’s Garden

20-29 March

Aspiring chefs can register to attend Masterclasses with celebrity chefs

Masharu Morimoto

US Iron Chef – Japan

Saturday, 23 March

Time: 1 pm

Mondrian Hotel Morimoto Restaurant
Sam Ceviköz – Barista trainer from Turkey 20, 21, 23rd March   

Time: TBA

Venue Chef’ Garden restaurant

Education City

Free registration
Siba Mtongana
Celebrity chef, TV show host
Wednesday 27 & Friday 29 March
Time: TBA
Jenny Morris
Celebrity chef and radio personality
Wednesday 27 & Friday 29 March
Time TBA
Salma Souleiman
Celebrity chef & TV show host
Tuesday 26 & Friday 27 March
Time: TBA
Wafik Belaid
Celebrity chef & TV show host
Saturday 23 March
Time: TBC
Jason Atherton

Celebrity Chef from UK

Date: TBA

Time: TBA

Pearl Social Restaurant | Marsa Malaz Kempinski 

The Pearl Doha

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QIFF 2019 has been announced!

The tenth edition of Qatar International Food Festival (QIFF) has been announced, with dates and venue details revealed by Qatar National Tourism Council (QNTC).

The QNTC will partner with Qatar Foundation to host the Doha’s annual food festival at Oxygen Park, located in Education City. It is the first time that the event will be held at this location. Visitors can expect a ten-day extravaganza of food, fun, and family entertainment which will run from 20 – 30 March 2019.

QIFF 2019

The Festival is Qatar’s longest-running food and beverage event and will celebrate it’s tenth anniversary this year. Organisers have promised that there will be exciting new additions to the food festival to mark the occasion.

Open to residents and visitors of all ages, the festival has traditionally been a free non-ticketed event, showcasing everything to do with food from flavours to culinary trends. The event will have food stalss operated by hotels, restaurants, and local food businesses.

Over the past ten years, QIFF has supported and contributed to the country’s dining scene. It has done so by providing a platform for local food vendors and restaurants, as well as inviting and hosting acclaimed international chefs. Last year’s edition attracted more than 400,000 visitors.

This year, residents and visitors from all over the world attending QIFF will get a chance to explore the sustainable and landscaped Oxygen Park, also known as the ‘green lungs of Education City’. Visitors will also be able to make use of the other facilities within the area such as Qatar National Library, Education City Mosque (the Minaretein building), the Qur’anic Botanic Garden, and the artisan Torba Farmers Market.

As part of their commitment to support local business, the organisers have dedicated 15% of the food stalls to talented entrepreneurs and local small and medium-sized businesses. QIFF is a spectacular event for food businesses to introduce their food and beverage offerings to the market.

When is QIFF 2019?

The dates for Qatar International Food Festival run from 20-30 March 2019.

Where is QIFF 2019?

QIFF will be held at Oxygen Park in Education City.

How can I register as a QIFF vendor?

All participants interested in booking a stall at QIFF 2019 (including hotels, restaurants, SMEs and others) can register online through this link: http://qiff2019.live/english

The Arabic document link is: http://qiff2019.live/registration 

The deadline for QIFF registration is 23 February 2019.

For more details about last year’s food festival event check out QIFF 2018.

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Whether you are a Muslim or not the month of Ramadan is an important event in the Middle East. Culturally there is much to be learnt from expats and visitors to Qatar and the gulf region.

Ramadan is the holiest month in the Islamic calendar, with Muslims required to abstain from eating or drinking from dawn until sunset. All adult Muslims are required to fast for 30 days. Most Muslims will be fasting, although there are exceptions for certain individuals including new mothers and the infirm.

When is Ramadan in Doha 2018?

The Muslim Calendar is a lunar calendar and as such it is 11 days shorter than the Gregorian calendar, hence the starting date of Ramadan changes each year.

This year Ramadan is expected to start on 15th May 2018 in Doha Qatar, with the Eid Al’ Fitr festival expected to be on June 14th 2018. The Eid festival lasts for three days and is celebrated at events across the country.

Please note though that these dates are dependent on the sighing of the new moon and so there cannot be any certainty until nearer the time. However, official announcements are made closer to the time.

What happens on a typical day in Ramadan?

Muslims wake up at before dawn for suhoor (sometimes known as sohour) which is the pre-dawn meal. They pray the morning prayers, and will fast for the whole day. Muslims also increase their general Emaan (faith) by reading more Quran, attending lectures and learning more about their religion. They will also increase their good deeds and behaviour towards others, which is spiritually rewarded in the month of Ramadan.

In Qatar the Ramadan 2017 fasts are expected to last approximately 15 hours. At sunset the fast is broken with dates and a light Iftar meal. Later in the evening they will pray the evening prayers known as Tarawee, this is in addition to the usual daily five prayers.

Ramadan Tents and Buffet Feasts are legendary across the Middle East. However, it is important to note that these are local F&B and Hotel offerings. These don’t accurately reflect the Ramadan meal and experience within people’s homes. Ramadan meals are a sharing experience rather than a celebration of food itself. For Muslims Iftar is an opportunity to spend more time with family, whilst Suhoor is much calmer affair.

Celebrating Ramadan in Doha

Ramadan is an exciting time for those living in a Muslim country because there is an air of celebration and festivity. Ramadan is a time of celebration – families and friends share Iftar evening meals to break their fast. Non-Muslims neighbours are also included in the celebrations.

Charity is an important element of the Islamic faith, with deeds multiplied in the month of Ramadan. This encourages Muslims to focus on good deeds and sharing with the community.

In Doha everyone gets involved in the act of feeding others regardless of religion. Local charities and private individuals host Iftar tents to provide labourers and those in need with food to break their fasts. Members of the expat community also make Iftar food packs to distribute snacks and supplies to labourers.

For children it is an exciting time – there is food, family and festivities. In Qatar there are particular cultural traditions that provide endless entertainment to families. There will be Ramadan events in many public venues and local malls in Qatar. Expect larger events at Aspire Zone, The Pearl-Qatar, and Katara Cultural Village – details will be released closer to Ramadan.

The Ramadan Cannon is ceremoniously fired at sunset to mark the end of the fast. Expats and locals alike can see the cannon being fired at the national Wahhab Mosque, and in the Old Airport area. The occasion has turned into a festive event with army officials giving out treats to the younger children.

The children festival of Garangao occurs in the middle of Ramadan. It is a uniquely Qatari tradition where local children dress up in brightly coloured traditional clothing, and head out into the neighbourhood singing the Garangao song and receiving nuts and sweets from elders. It has become a bigger event with local and expat children taking part in festivities across Doha and Qatar.

Local hotels also get involved with elaborately designed Ramadan Tents for Iftar and Suhoor Buffets. These showcase a variety of cuisines and live cooking stations. They are similar to Friday Brunches, however there is a greater focus on regional dishes and entertainment.

We also want to emphasise that the month is a spiritual time with a focus on fasting, charity, and good deeds. That’s why the feasting after the long hours of fasting can be confusing for many expats – but as mentioned this is not reflective of the individual, but is rather a cultural and entertainment option.

We always advise you should never eat excessively (especially at the buffets) – it is not good for your health. We would also suggest to the fasting person to be careful to avoid too much oily or sugary foods as this can cause health issues. And if you have diabetes then you should always follow the guidance and advice of your medical practitioner.

What are Ramadan Tents?

Ramadan Tents are not real tents, rather they are inspired by Bedouin or Arabian themes and may include draping to give the feel of a tent. Most Ramadan Tents are housed within hotel ballrooms, restaurants or attached via an outdoors terrace.

Ramadan Tents are similar to Buffets food offerings, however there is a greater focus on ethnic and regional cuisine. In some buffets this includes Machboos, large platters of rice and camel meat, Arabic desserts and beverages such as Jallab.

Tips for Ramadan Tents, Iftar, and Suhoor:

A few important points to remember about spending Ramadan in Doha:

• Make sure you book in advance for Iftar or Suhoor events. The majority of locals visit friends and family for Iftar during the start of Ramadan – this means that it does get busier later on the month. Also some venues are famously popular and will get booked out very quickly.

• If you are arranging an Iftar or Suhoor for a larger group then always ask for a discount, whether you are going to a five star hotel restaurant or a local dining place. If you group is over 15 people you may be eligible for a discount. But do remember that Doha venues do have different policies regarding minimum numbers for private group bookings.

• Double-check the timings of the event you wish to attend, as Iftar and Suhoor event timings for Ramadan in Doha will be very different. Iftar events usually start from sunset until 8-9.00pm, depending on the venue. Suhoor timings usually begin from 9.00pm until midnight or 1-2am – again depends on the venue. Also you should remember that there may be different timings for a la carte menu service as there will always be a time limit for food orders. For example, venues open until 2.00am may stop taking food orders at 1.00am or 1.40am – so be sure to check.

• In Ramadan you will only have musical instruments and dance performances, although there may be some Arabic singing. Essentially the live entertainment offerings have an Arabic theme – with Tanoura dancers or instrumental bands. They may also only perform at certain times in the evening, so if the live entertainment options matter for your Ramadan Tent or Restaurant experience then check the details and timings with the venue when you book.

• Double-check the pricings of the event you wish to attend, as again Iftar and Suhoor events are very different. Usually Ramadan Suhoor events will be priced higher than Iftar events. If you want to go to a venue with Shisha then double check when booking about the availability and pricings.

•There is no alcoholic beverage service during the whole month of Ramadan. It will usually resume the first day of Eid, but check with each individual outlet.

• If you are planning on bringing children with you please consider Iftar options as Suhoor does start quite late. It is also worth knowing that these venues get really busy towards the middle of the fasting period, so if you prefer a family-friendly non-smoke environment you should take advantage of the quiet period and head out earlier in the month to Ramadan Tents and Iftar and Suhoor Meals.

• Generally the venues don’t get smoky until very late in the evening, so if you are looking for smoke-free Ramadan venues for a family-friendly fun then go earlier in the day. Also double-check with the venue about the pricings for children as per their age group – some venues don’t charge for under 5s.

• When booking on the telephone make sure to take down the name of the person who you made your booking with and make sure they confirm the correct details. If possible ask them to send you a confirmation email of your booking in case of any issues. Also make sure you cancel reservations as soon as possible if you cannot make them. If you have any issues when you arrive at the venue ask to speak to the manager and above all be polite and remain calm.

• Be sure to check it for 2 for 1 Entertainer offers on buffets which you may be able to use for Ramadan buffets – be sure to ask when you call up to make a booking. If you have been really wanting to enjoy Ramadan in Doha by trying out an Iftar or Suhoor at a Ramadan Tent then choose wisely based on your vouchers!

• Many of the hotels have specials promotions and deals during Ramadan for combined Room and Dinner packages. If you are looking for Ramadan Room packages be sure to check out if Iftar or Suhoor is included in the promotion.

• The details of timings and pricings may change last minute, so always check with the venue when you make your booking. If you are dining without a reservation you can call ahead to check this information.

• Make sure you don’t run too late to enjoy your event of choice. Some venues will open up at sunset, while others may open after Maghrib prayers which will be at least another 15 to 30 minutes more. Venues will also have at least an hour break between Iftar and Suhoor to clean up and prepare for the next event; if you arrive early you should be okay waiting in the lobby or waiting area.

• Do keep in mind that the Doha roads will be even busier than normal with more cars on the road as residents head to evening prayers or to break their fast – so plan ahead and most importantly drive safe!

• We all love five star treatment and the hotels in Doha have a range of options for Iftar/Suhoor with set menus and/or Ramadan Tents. However, don’t forget your local restaurant or eatery may also have its own offers or special menus for Ramadan – so always ask. Expect most restaurants in the Malls to have special Iftar menus available at set prices.

• For people who are not fasting there will be some hotel restaurants open offering a la carte menus or breakfast buffets during the day. Also takeaway options may be available during the afternoon at some restaurants and local cafes. Make sure to check the timings and don’t just turn up – you may expect your favourite restaurant to be open, only to find it has been closed for Ramadan. Always double-check!

We will keep updating this feature to include details about Ramadan dining options, including Ramadan Iftars, so be sure to keep checking back!

If there are any options we have missed you can keep us updated by commenting below or sending us a message on our social media channels:

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Easter is on the way, and there are plenty of special events and dining promotions planned from Doha’s hospitality industry.

As always make sure to call and double-check all details (including prices, and any terms & conditions) as venues may amend promotions and deals at their discretion. If you want more information regarding childrens activities, or have food allergy  requests then do contact the venue directly.

If you are interested in attending an Easter Brunch or special easter event then be sure to book in advance.

Enjoy the Easter celebrations!

Easter Promotions in Qatar 2018 Easter Brunch at Sharq Village & Spa

WHAT: Easter Brunch buffet with international favourites and themed Easter treats. Egg-citing children’s activities at Sharq Village’s Easter Brunch include Easter Egg hunts and crafts

WHEN: Sunday 1st April from 12:30pm

PRICE: QAR 250 with soft beverages | QAR 365 with house beverages

CONTACT: +974 4425 6666

Spring Brunch at St. Regis

WHAT: The St Regis Grand Brunch has gone Easter themed with food stations and pop up beverage areas. Pre-payment required by 23rd March. Book ahead.

WHEN: 30th, 31st March and 1st April 12:30pm – 4:00pm

PRICE: Various packages dependent on date booked; prices range from QAR 250 – 450.

CONTACT: +974 4446 0000 or email dining.reservations@stregis.com

Easter Brunch at Radisson Blu Hotel

WHAT: Easter Brunch Buffet at Hyde Park Coffee Shop includes a children’s egg hunt, and musicians.

WHEN: Friday 30th March 2018, 12:00pm-3:00pm

PRICE: QAR 170 with soft beverages | QAR 235 with selected beverages | 50% off for kids aged 6-12yrs | Under 6s dine for free.

CONTACT: +974 4428 1555

Easter Brunch at La Veranda

WHAT: Celebrate Easter brunch at La Veranda with kids activities such as egg painting, and egg hunting.

WHEN: Sunday 1st April, 12:30pm-4:00pm

PRICE: QAR 250 with soft beverages | QAR 330 with select beverages | 50% off kids aged 6-12yrs old | Under 6s dine for free

CONTACT: +974 4485 3000

Easter at Marsa Mala Kempinski

WHAT: Enjoy an Easter Buffet at Sawa with live cooking stations and children’s activities including egg decorating and treasure hunting.

WHEN: Sunday 1st April, 12:30pm-4:00pm

PRICE: QAR 220 with soft beverages | QAR 350 per person with special beverages

CONTACT: +974 4035 5555.

Easter at The Ritz-Carlton Doha

WHAT: Celebrate Easter at The Farmers Brunch with international favourites and dessert station with Easter treats. Children’s activities include egg decorating, egg hunting, face painting, a bouncy castle, and farm game.

WHEN: 30th March; 1:00pm-4:30pm

PRICE: QAR 349 with soft beverages | QAR 449 with select beverage package | QAR 110 for Kids aged 5 to 12 years old | Under 4s dine for free

CONTACT: +974 4484 8505

Easter at Marriott Marquis City Center Doha

WHAT: Easter celebrations at Quick Bites includes Easter egg decorating and egg hunting. Prior registration required.

WHEN: 24th,  31st March 2018, from 4:00pm – 6:00pm

PRICE: QAR 95 includes snacks and refreshments buffet

CONTACT: +974 4419 5000 or email quickbitesdoha@marriott.com.

Easter at InterContinental Doha Hotel & Residences

WHAT: Enjoy Easter at Coral with an Easter brunch that includes children’s activities including egg hunting and face painting. Or enjoy a Lebanese Easter Brunch at Gemmayze.

WHEN: Sunday 1st April, 12:30pm-4:00pm

PRICE: Coral: QAR 395 with house beverages | 50% off for kids aged 6-12yrs.

Gemmayze: QAR 195 with soft beverages..

CONTACT: +974 4484 4919 or email fb.icdoha@ihg.com

Easter Brunch at Oryx Rotana

WHAT: The Big Easter Brunch at Choices Restaurant, with an Easter kids zone.

WHEN: Sunday 1st April, 12:30-4:00pm

PRICE: QAR 270 with soft beverages | QAR 350 with selected house beverages | Kids aged 6 – 12 dine for QAR 85.

CONTACT: +974 4402 3333

Kids Easter Party at Eataly

WHAT: Eataly at Mall of Qatar and Doha Festival City will celebrate Easter with eggs painting, Easter bread making and a chocolate eggs hunt party.

WHEN: Sat 31st March 2018, 11:00am-1:00pm

PRICE: QAR 60 per child

CONTACT: Mall of Qatar: +974 4021 4700 | Doha Festival City: +974 4028 5055

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