Emirates offers in-flight Iftar service for Ramadan

Iftar to be determined based on the location of aircraft at the time the sun goes down.
Emirates offers in-flight Iftar service for Ramadan
IN-FLIGHT IFTAR: Passengers who are in-flight when the sun sets will be informed of the Iftar time by the captain.(Getty Images)
By Neeraj Gangal
Wed 11 Aug 2010 07:35 AM

With the start of the holy month of Ramadan, Dubai carrier Emirates will be offering in-flight Iftar service for passengers, newswire WAM reported on Tuesday.

According to the newswire, for flights departing close to Iftar, Emirates will provide small snack boxes at the boarding gates of Emirates Terminal 3. The snack boxes, containing vegetable calzone, Namoura dessert, dates, water and a laban drink, will serve as a quick snack so that passengers can break their fast immediately.

Passengers who are in-flight when the sun sets will be informed of the Iftar time by the captain, the WAM reported added.

Iftar will be determined based on where the aircraft is located at the time the sun goes down.

Large Iftar meal boxes will be served to fasting passengers in-flight and will comprise an array of traditional Arabic dishes including Hummus with crudits, mini Arabic bread, traditional chicken shawarma, pistachio Baklava, dates, banana, laban drink, calzone, dried apricots and prunes, and roasted almonds.
The meal box, designed by Emirates' chefs, will be served in Economy class, with a similar selection of foods served to fasting passengers in both Business and First Class, WAM added.

Robin Padgett, Emirates' Vice President Aircraft Catering said: "Ramadan is an important part of the Islamic calendar and Emirates is pleased to be able to support our Muslim passengers as they undertake their religious obligations. Our non-fasting passengers will continue to enjoy the world-class meals Emirates is globally known for."

Non-fasting passengers travelling on Umrah and Jeddah flights will receive a cold meal instead of the regular hot meal for all flights taking off after sunrise and before sunset, in respect to the many Muslim passengers completing Umrah on these flights.

According to a Bloomberg newswire report, Emirates will operate 129 additional flights to Jeddah and Riyadh in Saudi Arabia from August to October to meet a rise in demand during the Muslim holy month of Ramadan and Eid.

A total of 75 additional flights will operate to and from Jeddah throughout August and September, while Riyadh will receive 54 extra services until the end of October, the Dubai government-owned carrier said in an e-mailed statement on Wednesday.

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