Last night I had the privilege of being invited by Qatar Airways to attend an Iftar dinner all in the name of everything social media. The event took place at one of my favorite hotels in town, The Grand Hyatt Muscat.
Just incase you aren't clued up on what "Iftar" means then please let me explain - Iftar is the Arabic word for 'breakfast' and is the meal eaten when Muslims break their fast at sundown during the holy month of Ramadan. Iftar is usually a meal eaten with family and friends and is a time for bringing people together. As a Non-Muslim being invited to join such an event is an honor.
If you follow me on Instagram - find me here - then you will have seen some of my pictures already. You may also have noticed that in the past 3 weeks of Ramadan I have been to 4 Iftars already. This is my favourite thing about Ramadan for sure! The food is amazing but I also love the spirit of it and it's a time to be social together.
Recently I read a very funny blog post by Hey Fat Su called "How to dress to eat". Fat Su explains what clothing you should wear for optimum food indulgence without any fashion mishaps. She has made these mistakes so you don't have to! Iftar is a time of eating, well in my case gorging myself, so I was going to make the most of it and had to dress appropriately. On her advice I made some wise clothing choices.
This was my outfit for the evening
The Iftar tent at the Hyatt was so beautiful and dream like with the light, floaty fabrics and the ornate lamp shade leaving shadows around the room.
Goodie bags!! Whoooo!
The selection of different foods was extensive for all tastes and appetites. It ranged from soups and salads to fish and lamb dishes. I took Nicole's great recommendation and tried some of the Lebanese Tabouleh.
You see the chap in the below picture? Well I'm thinking of asking him to be my best friend... He made the most amazing schwarmas and that is high praise from me - I am quite the schwarma expert don't you know!
When I looked back through my pictures it seems that I have spent more time taking pictures of the deserts than the rest of the foods. It's obvious to tell which course is my favorite!
Mr Official Camera Man appeared on front of us to take the group photos right after my third plate of food.. Moving at the pace of a slug and trying to suck my stomach in I obliged to the pictures. Why do I eat so much food?! There were pictures aplenty so I shall update the Blog, Instagram, Facebook when I see them myself- Providing I don't look like a dough ball who just ate 3 plates of food, of course.
No social media event is the same without a group selfie!
Can you spot any of the local Blogerati in the picture??
Meeting the guys from Qatar Airways and hearing all about their upcoming projects was a pleasure. Did you know that Qatar Airways flies from Muscat to over 125 destinations?! I certainly didn't!
It was a wonderful evening with delicious food and great company. Thank you so much to the Grand Hyatt for their hospitality and to for Qatar Airways for inviting me to be part of the event.
PS- Qatar Airways... Any time you want to give me free flights to Miami that would be lovely. Thanks! :)