Celebrate Ramadan with Etihad

The meaning of Ramadan

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.


Dedicated prayer facilities

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. 


Iftar and Suhoor 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.


Ramadan: Flavour and nostalgia

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.


Try it yourself!

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. 

Chef Khaled

Meet Chef Khaled Alsaadi

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.

Celebrate Ramadan on board

  • Once Upon Every Ramadan, Welcome Ramadan: Documentary on how people around the world welcome and celebrated Ramadan.
  • Qalbi Etma'an: Popular social experiment show that airs in Ramadan, focusing on offering help to people in need and creating happiness. 
  • Le'bat Al Chef:  Amateur chefs compete to prepare high-quality cuisine using economical ingredients, while also educating viewers about sensible food consumption.
  • Holy Quran: Holy Quran recitation by Sheikh Maher Al Muaiqly, available under Albums on E-BOX.
  • Mecca Pointer – Real-time Qibla finder on E-BOX
Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque in Abu Dhabi

Ramadan in Abu Dhabi

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.

Donate your miles to help feed the hungry

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.

Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque in Abu Dhabi

Ramadan in flight: FAQs

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.