One of the best things about Ramadan in Dubai is that companies and consumers across the emirate begin to reflect on how they can give a little back to their community. For this reason, we are excited to tell you that local business Moti Roti will be introducing its charitable iftar initiative, Filling The Blues, again this year. There is a slight difference in proceedings this time around. Founder Tahir Shah has signed up a number of like-minded indie restaurants, including Taqado Mexican Kitchen, Nais Italian Kitchen and Lebaneesh. Alongside Moti Roti, these local businesses will each provide iftar meals to labourers currently working at the construction site next to Media Rotana, TECOM. Readers can get involved by volunteering their time and energy to hand out the meals (and can do so by emailing Moti Roti’s founder, Tahir Shah. All details are available at www.motiroti.me/fillingtheblues). Volunteers are encouraged to bring any extra items for iftar including bottles of water, snacks and so on.
Nando’s is also getting into a charitable spirit this Ramadan. The peri-peri chicken chain will be serving a special ‘altogether platter’. This will consist of spicy mixed olives, roasted veggie dip, hummus and pita bread, which costs diners Dhs36 per platter. Nando’s will then be donating the full value of the altogether platter to local charity Dubai Cares.
In other news, we are expecting more changes to the summer dining scene, with new launches and new indoor spaces. Barasti has already introduced its indoor air-conditioned space for the first year. Hot on its heels is local gourmet burger van Salt. It is launching a new indoor terrace so diners can escape the summer heat. Salt will also be introducing a new list of summer drinks as well as ice-creams. The venue will open from 7pm-4am throughout Ramadan. Uniquely, the burger joint is also offering its customers free paddleboarding sessions conducted by Surf House Dubai. These will take place every weekend from 4pm-7pm until further notice. All you have to do is bring your Salt receipt to Surf House Dubai to get a free session.
Finally, we are expecting a new launch from Mayfair and Moscow during July: Novikov Restaurant & Bar. Currently set to open its doors on Wednesday July 22, the new restaurant will be located at the Sheraton Grand Hotel, Sheikh Zayed Road. It will be a vast, 280-seat and 13,000sqm venue, featuring a sushi counter. Launched by Russian entrepreneur Arkadiy Novikov, the restaurant offers pan-Asian cooking that blends traditional and modern notes. As such, you can expect signature dishes such as Novikov Peking duck, king crab leg wasabi gratin and toro tartare with caviar.
Until next week, bon appétit!