Celebrate Ramadan with Etihad

The holy month of Ramadan is a special time for communities around the world; a time to come together with friends and family to reflect, give back and give thanks. This year, we’re inviting you to help us share the true spirit of Ramadan.

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 2 April 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.

Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque in Abu Dhabi

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.

Travelling during Ramadan

Observe prayer times with our dedicated prayer facilities and break your fast with our healthy Iftar and Suhoor dishes. In our lounges and on board, you’ll have a choice of fresh halal meals and refreshments.

Even if you haven’t been fasting, we invite you to experience Iftar and Suhoor with us; a special time for family and friends to come together to break or commence their fast, give thanks and celebrate Ramadan. 


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 our Signature Iftar platter in First and Business,  then choose from a delicious range of hot meals and snacks. If your flight is close to sunrise or sunset, we’ll serve dates and water at the gate before you board.

Takeaway meals
We will happily put your meal in a takeaway container so you can eat after sunset wherever you like if your flight is due to land close to Iftar time.

Celebrate Ramadan on board

  • Holy Quran: Holy Quran recitation by Maher Al Muaiqly, available under Albums on E-BOX. Maher Al Muaiqly is an imam at Masjid Al Haram in Mecca.  
  • Ftorna Ghair: Cooking programme celebrating favourite Iftar dishes.
  • Ihsan Men Al Mosatqbal: TV show by Ahmed Al Shugairy exploring technology and artificial intelligence.
  • Mega Mosque: Documentary about the Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque. It provides an in-depth look into the construction of the mosque.
  • Mecca Pointer: Real-time Qibla finder on E-BOX.
meet chef khaled alsaadi
meet chef khaled alsaadi

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.


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 Emirati cuisine? Download Khaled’s Ramadan menu recipes and try them at home. Khaled invites you to try his recipes and then share your takes on Emirati cuisine on social media — just remember to tag us and Khaled in your posts.

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.

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.