The Conrad Dubai is located in the heart of the buzzing financial district of the city, along side the Sheikh Zayed Road.
Despite the frenetic pace of life and the high speed activity on the highway and byways close by, the Conrad does offer a haven of tranquillity - as Phil Blizzard discovered on his ‘Ramadan Tour’ of the region.
For that relaxation there is the Purobeach Urban Oasis with its outdoor pool, the man-made beach and lush vegetation.
While indoors away from the soaring heat, guests can break their fast with cuisine from right across the Middle East, as explained by Terry Styles, the executive chef at Conrad Dubai.
Terry Styles: “For Ramadan 2014, Conrad Dubai has introduced their Iftar at Ballaró, which normally operates as our all-day dining restaurant with a range of international cuisine.
“The venue hosts a beautiful bar spread during the holy month of Ramadan, with a selection of Arabic, Levantine and North African inspired dishes.
“There’s a lot of movement and bustling activity around the buffet, live cooking and antipasti stations, and a selection of delightful Arabic favourites specially created for Iftar.”
Breaking Travel News: Give us some idea of the main dishes created for Iftar?
TS: The venue has created a special menu and introduced some traditional Arabic dishes.
These include lamb kabsa, slow cooked to perfection on a bed of grain and traditionally made popular in Saudi Arabia, vegetable saloona, which is a mixed vegetable broth with root vegetables and greens cooked in a herbed tomato broth, and shish barak, delicate pastry dumplings filled with aromatic mincemeat served in a garlic infused yogurt sauce served with vermicelli rice.
This is all wholesome and hearty food for our fasting guests.
BTN: This is the first Ramadan for the Conrad Dubai so what does this mean to you and your associates?
TS: We have yet to celebrate our one year anniversary so this is the first time Conrad Dubai has had the opportunity to celebrate the Holy Month of Ramadan.
We are thrilled to be able to start this tradition and we hope this is the first of many to come.
It’s a wonderful time for both Muslims and non-Muslims; a spiritual time for introspection, generosity and togetherness.
The Conrad Dubai is recognised by the World Travel Awards as the Middle East’s Leading New Hotel.
More information can be found on the hotel’s official website.