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Iftar, the Doha Marriott Way

The power of persuasion strikes again. We were able to coerce our colleague, who is a Muslim, to treat us to an Iftar fare. The power of persuasion of women is strong, and poor kuya (elder brother) helplessly couldn’t say no.

I volunteered myself to be in charge of looking for a restaurant which is within our sponsor’s budget. Choosing a restaurant was difficult as each one had its own gimmick to attract foodies. Easily speaking, Doha Marriott was not a popular choice as far as blog recommendations are concerned, although it is said that they boast of being the biggest iftar in town. What caught my attention that easily gained the nod of the ladies (minus the dinner financier hehehe) was the Even Camels Love a Selfie campaign. Yes, Doha Marriott brings 2 camels to grace their Ramadan treats!

I must commend Doha Marriott for their excellent phone inquiry customer service (pardon me as I still have remnants of the Banana Island misadventure). I made a reservation for the iftar dinner and inquired about the best time to come to have enough time to take selfies with the camel and have henna tattoo done. The Marriott staff wasn’t sure but promised to get back to me, which they did.

We made sure to come early so we will be sure to be satisfied with all the selfies we can take with the camels. Rightfully so, by the hotel’s entrance grounds were 2 camels, Bashoosh and Sahara, waiting for their iftar patrons who wants to take a selfie.

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not a camel, but Marriott’s resident cow also deserves a selfie
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meet Bashoosh (standing) and Sahara (sitting)
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Bashoosh’s camelfie with me!

Not only that, at the hotel lobby we were welcomed by traditional Arabian setting. A majilis which houses the falcon that you can take a selfie with and a henna tattoo corner. Here, you can also while the time and partake the nuts, dates and Arabic coffee.

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We were happy to have followed Marriott’s advice to come early. We had a grand and unhurried time with the camels and had enough time to take another selfie this time with the falcons. Actually, we were also one of the first patrons of the restaurant, and so we also enjoyed taking photos of the buffet spread, still untouched.

I could actually believe Marriott’s claim to be the biggest iftar buffet as right when you step in to the corridor, it is food heaven! Left and right of you is food, food, food. Desserts, Indian cuisine, Arabic barbecue and shawarma and Indonesian cuisine welcome you to gastronomic delight.

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That’s not all. For inside the restaurant is mooooooooore food!

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I did my best to sample as many dish as I can, but time wasn’t my friend then. The downside to Marriott’s buffet was the 1.5 hour or so time limit. That includes having your henna tattoo done which took us some time due to the queue.

Breaking the feast with henna tattoo. I was particularly happy with the henna artist. I was expecting just a simple design like what one gets for free in a desert safari but she made me an intricate one which wasn’t the same as the others she did before me.

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I went back to the restaurant after my henna was done to start with my dessert. Speaking of food, Doha Marriott’s spread was great. I particularly loved their version of shawarma. My best so far, not only in Qatar but also in UAE. Doha Marriott made sure that they were not only after the size of their buffet spread, but that their diners’ selfies would show just how happy their tummies have been. I was stuffed and stuffed myself some more until I cant almost breathe. Haha…

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Doha Marriott was a silent yet winning choice. I have only been to 2 iftar buffets this year, but I must give them my 2 thumbs up. From the excellent customer service to the delightful traditional Arabian theme of the iftar to the endless yet delectable menu spread, it is difficult to find fault. They were also happy to accommodate us a little bit longer than the “iftar closing time” to finish our desserts, which is a big plus for them.

Iftar, done the Doha Marriott way, is how iftars are supposed to be!

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