Ramadan Evenings at Manarat Al Saadiyat | 4 to 17 June 2017 – 19.30-23.00 | Manarat Al Saadiyat Abu Dhabi
Organised by Abu Dhabi Tourism & Culture Authority (TCA Abu Dhabi), the inaugural edition of the Manarat Al Saadiyat Ramadan Evenings is set to take place from 4 to 17 June 2017, offering a wide range of unique cultural experiences during the Holy Month of Ramadan through a variety of culinary experiences, creative activities, retail opportunities, performances and workshops.
The evenings will celebrate the holy month through the distinctive lens of Emirati culture, providing a vibrant selection of interactive activities for guests and visitors of all ages and backgrounds to enjoy. Reflecting the distinctly local aspect of an Emirati Ramadan, the evenings will create an engaging atmosphere of cultural celebration across multiple forms of artistic expression.
HE Saif Saeed Ghobash, Director General of TCA Abu Dhabi, said: “Manarat Al Saadiyat Ramadan Evenings is a community event that will encourage individuals and families to share unique experiences together and enjoy an inspiring daily programme that reflects the Emirati culture, and includes activities such as live musical recitals, workshops, and food and retail offerings inspired by our heritage and traditions.”
As a feature of the extensive range of cultural experiences available during the evenings of the Holy Month of Ramadan at Manarat Al Saadiyat, Al Fanar restaurant will provide a unique dining experience, presenting a contemporary interpretation of traditional designs inspired by the architecture of the UAE during the 1980s and 1990s.
The Iftars will be curated by renowned designer Maryam Al Suwaidi, creative florist Sumayya Al Miskari and talented Emirati chef Faisal Naser. Featuring a variety of tailored panels, table vases and furniture that utilise evocative elements of Emirati design, guests will be able to learn more about the origins of these traditional elements through written narrations provided on their table placemats.
Under the hashtag #our_old_neighborhood, the Iftars will present an inspired menu crafted by chef Faisal Naser based in Arabic/Emirati fusion cuisine. While starters invoke timeless classics such as sambosa, lentil soup and freshly fried falafel, the main course provides an eclectic selection of dishes from prawn machboos and lamb margogah to chicken musakhan and twisted fish salonah. The dessert offerings complete the menu with delicacies including karak chai with rosewater ice cream and brownies complete with date pudding and caramel ice cream.
Performances by Bait Al Oud musicians every Friday during the festival will offer an exceptional musical flavour for the festival, while traditional crafts and workshops on skills such as ‘Talli’ embroidery, ‘Khos’ palm frond strand braiding and ‘Sadu’ weaving will provide participants the chance to engage with Emirati intangible heritage and history.
“By providing a lively programme of creative entertainment and inspirational education we hope to offer a holistic experience that will give families and residents the chance to experience Ramadan in a way that promotes the values and cultural heritage of the UAE,” HE Ghobash said.
The Manarat Al Saadiyat Ramadan Evenings offer an engaging interactive programme of activities in a cultural creative atmosphere, weaving contemporary aspects with traditional values to provide a comprehensive experience that communicates the unique cultural heritage of the UAE.
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