We celebrate the charitable spirit of Dubai this Ramadan and look forward to Indian celebrations after Eid.
Just incase your flagging with the heat this season, let’s start this week with some of the happy occurrences taking places this Ramadan. Dubai’s charity iftar initiatives have continued this year, with regulars on this scene, Le Méridien Dubai and 34 Starwood Hotels across the Middle East handing out free iftar packages to fasting taxi drivers. Meanwhile, if you head to Rainforest Café they are organising a donation drive for toys and clothes throughout Ramadan.
Klayya Bakery & Sweets in Barsha Mall has got in to charitable spirit by launching the new Klayya Lantern programme. This initiative aims to showcase Emirati art and has challenged 15 Emirati designers and artists to create their own lanterns, and the proceeds from the sale of these original artworks will be donated to local charity Dar Al Ber.
From good will to sweet treats, Hey Sugar has launched a selection of cakes in honour of the Holy Month. The range includes the Blind Date cupcake, stuffed with date puree and topped with walnut frosting, the Ahla O Sahla topped with Arabic coffee frosting and mocha beans and the After Eight, with a chocolate sponge and mint icing. The range also includes the 1000 & 1 Swirls kunafeh topped cupcake with a vanilla and orange blossom base and the Desert Rose made with Arabic coffee and cardamom flavoured sponge and vanilla and rose frosting.
In other news Bo House has launched a new delivery service, bringing items reflective of its usual menu (think fennel and mango salad, pepper coated grilled salmon and the Mohemian pita wrap) straight to your door. Provided, that is, your door is in Dubai Marina, JLT or JBR. The service will now be ongoing from noon until midnight each day, making it a handy development for Ramadan.
Ketchup, one of many new restaurants recently spotted in Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Boulevard is now officially open. The American diner meets steakhouse will be serving steaks, burgers and ribs using USDA beef, as well as a selection of different flavoured ketchups, including maple syrup flavour. The restaurant is open for takeaway during the day and dine in after iftar, and is currently offering diners a 15 percent discount during Ramadan.
There’s also some early news for you on Indian Independence Day, which will take place on Thursday August 15. In celebration of India’s 67th year of Independence in 2013, Claypot restaurant in Citymax Hotel in Bur Dubai will be hosting a buffet event on the night, featuring a selection of cooking from across India as well as a house band. The buffet will be priced at Dhs67 per person, unless that is your 67 years old or over, and then it will be complimentary. It’s also free for children under six, but that’s far less amusing.
Until next week, bon appétit!