And at Grand Millennium Dubai they’ve had double reason to exhibit smiles as this established city hotel has just bagged a major award.
It has been voted as the “United Arab Emirates Leading Luxury City Hotel” by the World Travel Awards, which is great timing as it rolls out its iftar offering.
The five-star hotel in Barsha Heights is a seasoned host for the Holy Month buffet – and The Atrium a venue ideally suited to the occasion.
Although drawing on Mediterranean architecture for its design, the international dining outlet has an intimacy that suits the occasion.
Chefs here know how to tackle all the expected components of a traditional iftar.
Beyond the dates and juices, a broad cold mezzeh selection allows you to combat your hunger gently.
Salads include refreshing feta and watermelon, roasted pumpkin with cottage cheese, beetroot with lychee and orange, and spicy cauliflower - beside, of course, regular staples fattoush and baba ghanoush.
The hummus is rich while the muhammara packs plenty of flavour, texture and colour and stuffed vine leaves are dense yet moist.
There’s a Jordanian influence to some of the main courses, such as fermented yoghurt and lamb dish mansaf ordony or the sweet onion driven chicken mousakhan.
The braised green beans of loubieh bil zeit delivers a different texture still, as well as a clean taste, as does the marrow-based kousa bil zeit or kousa mahshi stuffed zucchini.
For a simpler protein, the ouzi lamb is well cooked and tender on one of the live cooking stations – and chicken noodles are available to those seeking a mouthful of Far East alternative.
If you still have space after all that, then desserts are not over-facing here. Umm ali features, as you would expect, as does a range of mixed baklava.
Also vying for attention is a creamy Lebanese treat osmaliya with kashta and strawberry, while there’s fresh fruit, including watermelon, for those seeking something lighter.
Hailed as the ‘Oscars of the Travel Industry’, the World Travel Awards are voted for by travel and tourism professionals worldwide, recognising the highest standards of quality across the region.
So to have been voted the United Arab Emirate’s Leading Luxury Hotel is a great achievement for a property that is also home to Belgian Beer Cafe, Lucky Voice Dubai and the first Lock, Stock & Barrel.
“This is an affirmation of our unwavering commitment towards offering guests premium and genuine hospitality,” says Oussama Chalak, General Manager of Grand Millennium Dubai.
“We thank all our loyal guests who have supported us throughout the years, but the biggest attribute of this award is our team members who consistently strive to offer a more inspired stay experience for our guests.”
IFTAR at The Atrium, Grand Millennium Dubai, happens from sunset.
IT costsAED199 per person or AED 89 for kids aged between five-10 years (below fives dine for free), including kids play area and cinema room for children to watch movies.
TO reserve a table, call 971 4 423 4170 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
- or message Grand Millennium Dubai using the “Just Ask” WhatsApp number +971 55 561 2122.
FOR more on the restaurant’s other offerings click on https://www.millenniumhotels.com/en/dubai/grand-millennium-dubai/the-atrium
GRAND Millennium Dubai is partnering this year with Al Jalila Foundation to support its “Basma” campaign - aiming to provide life-saving treatment and transform the lives of children in the UAE and a portion of the spending of every Iftar guest will be allocated to support this campaign.