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DIFC and City of Arabia team up once again to recreate the magic of their celebrated Ramadan Majlis

Published August 22nd, 2009 - 07:30 GMT
Al Bawaba
Al Bawaba

The Dubai International Financial Centre (DIFC) and City of Arabia will re-create the unique ambience of their celebrated Ramadan Majlis at the Emperor Hall located in DIFC District during the Holy Month this year.

Over the past couple of years, the DIFC Ramadan Majlis has become renowned for capturing the spirit of Ramadan with its luxurious setting and relaxed environment, ideal for breaking the day’s fast, and a lavish spread of Arabic delicacies prepared by the finest chefs.

The DIFC Ramadan Majlis will be open to the public every evening during the Holy Month from just before Iftar (around sunset) until 2.00 am.  An Iftar buffet will be served from sunset until 8.00 pm, for a charge of AED 170 per person. The buffet is available only to groups of more than 20 people who make advance reservations. An a la carte Suhoor menu will also be served from 9.00 pm to 2.00 am every night during the month of Ramadan. An entrance fee of AED 35 per person will be applicable for Suhoor. Private Iftar and Sohoor parties can be arranged and bookings are available for groups of 20 or more.

Abdulla bin Hamad Bin Sougat, Chief Executive Officer of the DIFC Lifestyle Group, pointed out that the Holy Month of Ramadan is an important time for prayer and reflection for people in the Muslim world.

“It is a time to celebrate the generosity and compassion of God with families and friends. DIFC is always seeking to create unique lifestyle offerings not just for people in the financial district but also the wider community. One such offering that people look forward to every year is the Ramadan Majlis, which we are proud to host in partnership with the City of Arabia. We wish everyone a blessed Ramadan and hope that the spirit of the Holy Month touches everyone,” he said.

Ilyas Galadari, Chairman of the Ilyas and Mustafa Galadari Group, owners of City of Arabia, said: “We are delighted to host a Ramadan Majlis in partnership with DIFC.  The purpose of the Majlis is to bring people together and we hope that people will have the opportunity to spend time with their family, friends and acquaintances at the Ramadan Majlis.”

Mustafa Galadari, Vice-Chairman and Managing Director of the Ilyas and Mustafa Galadari Group, said: “The Galadari Group extends Ramadan greetings to all the guests of the Ramadan Majlis. Ramadan is a time for prayers, fasting, charity and contemplation. More importantly, it is a time to be closer to God. On behalf of the City of Arabia, I look forward to welcoming guests to our Majlis.”

Lifestyle at DIFC
The DIFC Lifestyle Group has created a high-end lifestyle sanctuary within the DIFC financial district for people who seek the finer things in life. An impeccable mix of luxury retail and fashion, premium F&B, fine art and culture, combined with iconic architecture makes DIFC one of the region's most unique retail environments.  The centrepiece of the DIFC Lifestyle Group’s fashion offerings is Villa Moda, a unique multi-brand luxury fashion store chain. Global labels like Marni, Dries Van Noten, Vivienne Westwood, Nina Ricci, Issey Miyake and Tsumori Chisato have established boutiques in DIFC under the umbrella of Villa Moda. The DIFC Lifestyle Group has also brought famed luxury brands like De Beers, Links of London, Porsche Design, Andrew Martin and The Rug Company; and the region’s largest luxury retailers like Bin Hendi, Damas and Rivoli to the financial district. Art and cultural offerings enrich the lifestyle experience within DIFC. Galleries established under the umbrella of the DIFC Lifestyle Group, including Art Space, Cuadro , Empty Quarter, Farjam Collection , and Opera hold regular exhibitions of global and regional art. The DIFC Lifestyle Group has also attracted some of the world’s most innovative and unique restaurants like the multi award-winning British restaurant Zuma and the historic Venetian restaurant, Florian to DIFC. Over 25 restaurants serve a wide choice of international cuisines in the financial district.

About City of Arabia

City of Arabia is a spectacular US$5 billion retail, residential, commercial and entertainment destination situated at the gateway to Dubailand.  The development will house business and administrative offices, schools and clinics as well as apartments, shops, galleries, restaurants and unique attractions.  City of Arabia will have a phased opening, starting at the end of 2010.

The project’s four key elements are Mall of Arabia, one of the world’s largest malls, Restless Planet, a US$300 million theme park, earth science museum and planetarium, Wadi Walk, a waterfront community with stylish apartments, outdoor cafes and attractive retail outlets and Elite Towers, a group of 34 impressive commercial and residential buildings.

City of Arabia will be a self-contained community, designed to minimize the use of cars and served by its own monorail system.  On completion it will be home to more than 32,000 residents.

The Ilyas and Mustafa Galadari Group owns and manages City of Arabia (



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