Monday, 6 October 2008

Iftar Supper

I mentioned in my "Ramadan" posting, that we were going to attend an Iftar.  An Iftar is the evening meal for breaking the daily fast during the Islamic month of Ramadan.  Each day it is at a different time, depending on the time of the sun setting (Maghrib).  The Maghrib time is announced on the radio each day.

It turns out that an Iftar can be anywhere - there are traditional tents which pop up at the city's large hotels, but one of Tim's Arabic colleagues celebrated Iftar at TGI Fridays.  Even KFC have a special Iftar supper for under GBP3.

We went to two - one was arranged by Tim's work - for all of their employees, Arabic or otherwise.  We all sat on low sofas and celebrated with traditional juices and then moved on to a spectacular arabic buffet.  DSC00387

For those of you not too familiar with Arabic food, traditional foods on the buffet are mixed grills, kebabs, sharwarma (chicken in  wrap), along with houmous, arabic (flat) bread, halloumi (sort of like goat's cheese) etc.  Very nice indeed.

It is common out here for a great deal of Shisha smoking (a glass water pipe with flavoured tobacco) in the evening and at Iftar, everyone appears to be smoking the shisDSC00400ha pipe. 

Despite the fact that the regular smoking of cigarettes is banned in restaurants and malls, the shisha is still allowed!  You can see the smoke in the air!


Overall, we had a great time in the Iftar tents, but I'm quite looking forward to regular tables and chairs again. 



Missy said...

Sounds like it was a fun event. The food sounds delicious as well. I often wondered what those funny looking little glass tube things was used for, now I know.

keithsramblings said...

That must have been quite an occasion, and the food sounded fantastic.