Arabian Heritage themed hotel located at the heart of Bur Dubai, in Al Fahidi historical area opposite Dubai Museum. This themed hotel extends from the turbaned lobby staff to the design flourishes in the decent Al Khaimah hall, some of which catch glimpses of the Creek across the souq. All decked up with the Arabic decors from lamps to the Persian carpets, I was invited for The Mock Iftar by the Idea Agency to try out the lavish spread of Indian, Arabic and Pakistani cuisine with ambiance all set for the holy month of Ramadan.
The ambiance shouted out loud the Arabic culture and the tradition, you feel a royalty feeling once you are welcome by the ever smiling Durban at the door. As mentioned the Iftar was held at Al Khaimah hall which was all decorated for the holy month with lamps, Persian carpets, Thatched covering for the buffet section giving us the full Arabic vibes. Experience a lavish Iftar dinner in the most exquisite environment with array of speciality dishes on.
The Iftar buffet was all set for the tasting and it was one of its kind, almost touched every bit of the three cuisines i mentioned with an Arabic twist to it.
As i always in fond of the Cold Mezze and always on the look outs, this place has done justice to me by serving the delectables on.
To name a few there were Fresh Fruit Salad, Hummus, Russian Salad, Chana Salad, Fattoush, Dahi Bara etc.
The Dahi Baras being my personal hit it melted in my mouth once you grab it.
The Grills were the best at Arabian Courtyard from Mutton Afghani Tikkas, Arabic Mix Grill to Baqtair Grill. It was like the grills just melted once you nibble. The meat all soft and tender and the spices all infused till the last bite. My personal hit was the Mutton Cubes and the Mutton Afghani Tikka.
After attending all the Ramadan Previews i think this place had made it clear that the holy month is there’s by placing a live station for Shawarmas and the hot appetizers like pakoras, kibbeh, stuffs etc. All are prepared fresh and hot by the chef.
For the mains the spread was lavish and you can choose from a lot of options.
Machbous, These dish is usually made with rice , vegetables, and a mixture of spices. But here at Arabian Courtyard it was all decked up with pine nuts. I love the Machbous over here.
Beef Nihari, is a stew consisting of slow cooked beef along with bone marrow, garnished to taste and occasionally served with cooked brain. I am always in search of the best Nihari’s in town but over here its divine and luscious.
The Dessert spread was delectable and from the expert of the Chefs hand. There were lots of choices like UmAli, Pastries, Jelebis, Badam Khir, Gulab Jamun, Shahi Tukda etc.
The Fruit Jelly Plum Cake was my hit of the show, all covered with icing sugar and with an orange flavored jelly i found it very soft and moist. I can see the rush at the dessert counter for this little piece of heaven.
Gulab Jamun, an Indian sweet consisting of a ball of deep-fried paneer boiled in a sugar syrup. This were heavenly delicious, hot and so moist. It was all over happiness in my mouth.
Iftar ends well when Qahwah is served, is made from coffee beans roasted and cardamom, and is a traditional beverage in Arabian culture. After having a sip of was refreshing and so traditionally infused way to present in small coffee cups with golden coffee pots.
Experience a traditional ambiance of the venue which is transformed into Ramadan tent and enjoy extensive Iftar buffet with live stations for AED 85. The celebration of Iftar at Al Khaimah is presented with comfortable seating, traditional decorations where you can enjoy with family and friends.