My girl gang and I spent my birthday weekend in the Northern emirate of Ajman. We spent the afternoon soaking in the sun by the pristine pool at Oberoi Al Zorah. But come Iftar time, we realized the property only has two restaurants; Vinesse (their all-day dining restaurant where we already sampled breakfast) and Aquario (a seafood restaurant, but we had vegetarians in our group!).
We wanted a more authentic Arabic iftar, and what better option than the absolutely stunning Bedouin tent setup at Ajman Hotel. At AED 125 a person, the Iftar buffet is really great value for money. There is so much variety here.
From traditional Arabic Iftar must-haves including hot and cold mezze, a variety of salads and grills, to popular Indian curries like Butter Chicken and Daal Makhani, a Japanese sushi selection, and a live Italian pasta station that serves pasta the way you like it, the buffet had something for everyone on our large table of friends.
My personal favorites included the very enticing Pomegranate Hummus accompanied by the grilled Sheekh Kebabs, Harees (a Ramadan special in the Arab world consisting of cracked wheat and meat), a very delicious Italian pasta with rose sauce and extra lashings of burnt garlic, the cheesy Kunafa dessert, and a very exotic saffron ice-cream that is made in-house.
A drive to Ajman Hotel from central Dubai does not take more than 35 minutes on a Ramadan evening, and is well worth your while. The generously large spread at AED 125 per head is a steal, and the tent setup complete with Bedouin printed tablecloth and twinkling festive lights will have you click-happy all evening. Great photo-opp to wear that coveted kaftan to match the gorgeous interiors!