Emirates offers special Iftar service for Ramadan

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For the first time, the airline is extending its special service to celebrate Eid with customers on board.

As the holy month of Ramadan expected to begin on May 17 (subject to moon sighting), Dubai-based Emirates is all prepared to serve its fasting passengers in the best way possible.

According to the airline, the Ramadan service consists of specially crafted iftar meals on board, relevant programming on its ice inflight entertainment system, and the distribution of dates and water on the ground for those breaking their fast.

Emirates’ Iftar boxes feature nutritional meal for customers breaking their fast on board. The attractive Iftar boxes feature an Arabesque design inspired by the region, and will provide those observing Ramadan a convenient way to break their fast with a nutritious and balanced meal. The Iftar menus will also feature a Middle Eastern flavour.

These special meals will be available to passengers across all cabin classes on select flights that coincide with iftar times, the airline said. This includes flights to and from the Gulf region as well as flights catering to Umrah groups travelling to Jeddah and Medina during the month of Ramadan. During the holy month, cold meals will be served in lieu of a hot one on all flights to Jeddah and Madina, including Umrah day flights.

Emirates utilises a unique tool to calculate the correct timings for Imsak (the time to commence fasting) and iftar while in-flight. It calculates the exact Ramadan timings using the aircraft’s longitude, latitude and altitude; ensuring the greatest level of accuracy possible while on board. When the sun sets, passengers will be informed of the iftar time by the captain. This tool was developed to supplement the Ramadan timetable, available on every flight.

Date boxes, symbolic of Ramadan, and water will also be provided at boarding gates allowing customers to break their fast prior to boarding, or while boarding at hub in Terminal 3 and other selected Emirates destinations. Emirates lounges in the airport provide dedicated prayer rooms and will also be serving Arabic coffee, dates and sweets.

Eid festivities kick off on board

For the first time, the airline is extending its special service to celebrate Eid with customers on board. Those looking to do some shopping in time for Eid can enjoy a 20 per cent discount for onboard duty free purchases over $95 from June 11 to 15.

From June14 to 17, customers can look forward to sweet treats on select flights. In Economy Class, customers will be served Eid cookies, while in First and Business Class, customers will receive a box of chocolates. In addition, First Class customers can enjoy a special Eid edition of the Lakrids candy. Lakrids Crispy Rose flavoured liquorice will be offered on all regions during Ramadan and Eid.