Ramadan is observed by millions of Muslims around the world and commemorates the first revelation of the Quran. The ninth month of the Islamic lunar calendar, the month of fasting begins at the sighting of the crescent moon, which started on 23 March this year.
One of the five pillars of Islam, Ramadan is a special celebration of the Muslim faith. As well as a time for self-reflection and peace, Ramadan is a time to give back and give thanks; to show kindness, compassion and generosity, forgiveness, and love. Those principles are more important than ever before.
Whether you’re at the airport, in one of our lounges or in the sky, you’ll be able to make use of our private prayer areas and real-time electronic Qibla finders on board.
Break your fast on board with refreshing laban, water and dates, or savour our delicious range of dishes created in collaboration with Emirati Chef Khaled Alsaadi. If your flight is close to sunrise or sunset, we’ll serve dates and water at the gate before you board.
Chef Khaled relies on small bites of standout flavours to satisfy his guests with his Ramadan menu. The essence of a family Iftar deconstructed into small, elegant bites. Every morsel evokes a subtle remembrance of meals past and daily fasts broken at sundown with a nourishing date and then so many plates of delicious food.
Has our Ramadan menu inspired you to try cooking these unique dishes yourself? Download the Etihad Ramadan cookbook in collaboration with Chef Khaled Alsaadi and try them at home. Don’t forget to share your culinary creations on social media — and remember to tag us and Chef Khaled in your posts: @Etihad @chef.khaleds #Etihad.
It’s been hard not to notice the rise of the talented young Emirati chef Khaled Alsaadi. With a personal story as compelling as his cookery, Khaled reimagines his national cuisine with evocative takes on beloved dishes. With this menu, Khaled lightens up and deconstructs his national cuisine down without losing any of its flavours or nostalgia.
Ramadan is one of the best times to experience Abu Dhabi. Share Iftar at one of the city’s hotels, enjoy a moment of peace at the Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque or take a sunset stroll along the Corniche.
You can help to make a big difference this Ramadan by donating your extra miles to UNHCR, which feeds refugee families in Mauritania during Ramadan.
If you’re observing Ramadan, we have practices in place to make it easier to fly with us whilst fasting. If you’re not, Ramadan is unlikely to affect you during your flight with us, but you may have some questions. We’ve answered a few below.
Though most Muslims fast throughout the day, you’re allowed to eat and drink on your flights with us. If you’re fasting during your flight, we’ll happily put your meal in a takeaway box so you can enjoy it after sunset.
Our real-time electronic Qibla finders on board will keep you updated.
Rising star Abu Dhabi chef, Khaled Alsaadi, has developed a special Ramadan menu for our guests, which we know you will enjoy.
Discover our new Ramadan: Flavours & nostalgia menu and see what awaits you during a flight with us during the Holy Month.
Yes, our lounges are fully functioning, and food is served.
Our lounges in Abu Dhabi have a dedicated prayer area, and most flights have a dedicated prayer area too. Ask your flight attendant about where it’s most convenient to pray.
Follow us on social media to learn more about all our offerings during Ramadan.
No, there’s no official dress code, but we recommend that everyone dress and behave modestly because Ramadan is the greatest religious observance in Islam.