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As Ramadan 2024 approaches, Muslims around the world are preparing themselves to observe one of the five pillars of Islam – the Ramadan fast. During the holy month, Muslims abstain from food and drink from dawn until dusk. To break the fast at sunset, Muslims have Iftar, which is the meal that marks the end of the daily fast during Ramadan.
To make the experience more enjoyable, many venues and restaurants in Qatar have arranged exquisite Iftar buffets and tables this year. If you are planning to break your fast outside, here is a list of recommendations for Qatar Iftar buffet events in 2024.
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Why opt for Iftar buffet?
In Qatar, an iftar buffet is a popular option during the holy month of Ramadan. It offers a wide range of dishes, including traditional Ramadan delicacies, which provides an opportunity to try out new dishes and flavors. Iftar buffet also provides a convenient option where people can break their fast with a variety of dishes without having to cook or clean up.
Iftar Buffets in Qatar in 2024
Disclaimer: The Iftar buffet options for this year are not available yet, and we will update this section as soon as any official information becomes available. To provide you with an idea of what to expect, the Iftar options that were available for the previous year have been laid out below.
As part of its Leave Your Mark campaign, Qatar Charity organized the “Feed the Fasting” programs for low-income individuals in Qatar and several projects thereunder.
Qatar Charity’s “Mobile Iftar” program aimed to provide Iftar snacks to individuals working at traffic signals who were unable to make it home in time for the Adhaan of the Maghrib prayer. Additionally, their “Mobile Iftar for Workers” initiative distributed ready-to-eat meals to 108,000 workers at their respective residences.
To facilitate the breaking of the fast during Ramadan, approximately 34 sharing tables were set up for workers at various locations throughout Qatar as part of the “Iftar Tables” program. Workers were not only served Iftar delicacies but also received Ramadan sermons delivered in their respective languages.
The “Iftar for Expatriates” program was designed to benefit workers and low-income expatriate families, while the “From Home to Home” initiative delivered meals prepared by Qatari families to those with limited income.
Iftar Tents by The Ministry of Awqaf and Islamic Affairs
The General Endowments Department at the Ministry of Awqaf and Islamic Affairs had set up Iftar tents at several locations for the month of Ramadan, with a collective capacity of 10,000 diners daily. People of all backgrounds could come to break their fast in this community-driven environment.
These Iftar tents were set up at the following locations in Qatar:
- Ain Khalid (Thursday and Friday souq)
- Eid Prayer Ground – Bin Omran
- Al Wakra City
- Al Khor – Othman bin Affan mosque
- Industrial Area
- New Central Market – Al Sailiya.
Apart from this, free Iftar and Suhoor meals were also distributed by volunteers and workers of the Ministry at the below locations:
- Corniche MIA
- Souq Waqif
- The Pearl
- Old Al Rayan prayer ground
- Eid Prayer ground in Al Aziziya.
Parisa at Souk Waqif
The iconic eatery in Souk Waqif offered a set Iftar menu throughout Ramadan from sunset till 10:30 PM last year. Along with the flavorful mains, customers could relish a variety of Persian Ramadan desserts like Zoolbia and Bamieh, Reshte Khoshkar, Ranginak, Shole Zard, and Fereni.
Parisa’s buffet was priced at QAR 15 per person.
For reservations, please call +974 4441 1494.
If you want to skip a formal Iftar atmosphere and go for a more relaxed vibe, the cafe &Deli in Doha’s city centre offers a unique take on classic Turkish and Greek dishes amidst their spacious and calm interiors. Their three-course Iftar menu features starters like stuffed vine leaves, mezze and a soup of the day, mains such as entrecote of beef and veggies on skewers and corn-fed chicken marinated with honey mustard, and baklava for dessert.
&Deli’s Iftar menu was priced at QAR 90 for one person and QAR 160 for two people.
For reservations, please call +974 4411 4744.
Centara West Hotel & Residence
The Mezze House Tent’s Ghabga offered a combination of live BBQ stations and a buffet of traditional local delicacies, as well as international selections. This was served from sunset until 12:30 AM. The Ghabga buffet, which included only soft beverages, was priced at QAR 169 per person. For QAR 269 per person, guests could enjoy the live BBQ, Lamb Ouzi, and a standard hookah by Cloud.
The Iftar buffet at Dalchini showcased India’s culinary diversity in a Ramadan menu with both vegetarian and non-vegetarian dishes. Available from sunset until 12:30 AM, it was priced at QAR 169 per person. Children under the age of 12 years could enjoy a 50% discount, while children under 6 years could dine for free.
Guests could also choose to have Suhoor In-room Dining from 10 PM till sunrise at QAR 89.
For those who preferred to enjoy their meals at home, Centara West Hotel & Residence offered home-delivered or takeaway Iftar boxes containing Arabic and Indian mezzes, main courses, and desserts. This service was available from 12 noon to 9 PM, and free delivery was available for areas within West Bay and Pearl with a minimum order of two boxes.
To book or for more information, please call +974 4009 5530.
Al Samriya Hotel, Doha
Guests experienced a delightful open-air, poolside Iftar buffet last Ramadan at the serene Al Samriya Hotel in Doha. They indulged in a delectable range of local and international Ramadan delicacies with live Oud players creating the perfect ambiance. The Iftar buffet was served from sunset till 1:30 AM.
Al Samriya offered an Early Bird Iftar at QAR 135 per person, an Iftar Buffet at QAR 175 per person, and a Suhoor Set Menu at QAR 125 per person. Guests also enjoyed Hubbly Bubbly for QAR 100 per person.
For bookings or further information, please call +974 4470 9888.
Banana Island Resort Doha by Anantara
The spirit of Ramadan was enjoyed on the beautiful Banana Island with Anantara’s exquisite Iftar buffets.
The Q Lounge offered an indulgent buffet of traditional Arabic and international Ramadan dishes, live cooking stations, and live entertainment. This Iftar feast was served between sunset and 9:30 PM and was priced at QAR 299 for ages 12+ and QAR 150 for ages 5-11 for in-house guests. Walk-in guests were charged QAR 349 for ages 12+ and QAR 175 for ages 5-11.
Banana Island Resort also hosted a Suhoor at its Q-Lounge and the Q-ONE Restaurant, featuring a tastefully curated menu against a captivating view of the splendid Doha skyline. Suhoor at Anantara was priced at QAR 199 for ages 12+ and QAR 100 for ages 5-11 for in-house guests. Walk-in guests were charged QAR 249 for ages 12+ and QAR 125 for ages 5-11.
Shisha was available at additional charges.
To book or for more information, please call +974 4040 5075.
Al Rayyan Hotel
After a long day of shopping at the Mall of Qatar, guests treated themselves to a sumptuous Iftar buffet at Al Rayyan Hotel, available from sunset to 9 PM. The restaurant served up an appetizing array of vegetables, mezze, cold cuts like beef mortadella and smoked turkey, and cheeses such as feta, halloumi, and fresh mozzarella. The bakery corner, featuring chocolate rolls, cinnamon Danish rolls, English cakes, and cheese croissants, was something to especially look forward to.
Al Rayyan’s Iftar buffet was priced at QAR 220 per person.
To make a reservation, please call +974 4489 9000.