During Ramadan, the daily life in Qatar is flipped upside down! The city wakes up after sunset with bright decorations and lively feasts, it is a great time to visit and enjoy Ramadan nights and explore a unique Arabian culture whether it’s taking a stroll in Souq Waqif and enjoying Qatari treats, experiencing Iftar or Suhoor in the famous Ramadan tents, or taking in the illuminations in Katara Cultural Village, the city is yours to explore.
- Suhoor: is a meal consumed before dawn in preparation for the day-long fast. Traditionally Suhoor starts after midnight but hotels and Ramadan tents offer Suhoor from around 9:30 pm to 1:30 am. Suhoor has been a chance for entertainment and joy in the famous Ramadan tents and it is a great opportunity to experience Ramadan in its unique timing and spirit.
- Iftar: or “Futoor” in Qatari dialect is the meal marked by sunset at which Muslims break their fast. Like Suhoor, Iftar is a great opportunity for families, friends, and co-workers to get together during the holy month.
- Ramadan cannon fire: A popular event in Doha which announces the end of day’s fast at sunset with cannon fire at the Grand Mosque. It attracts kids, families and tourists alike.
- Garangao: Celebrated on the 14th day of Ramadan, it is traditionally a children’s festival. Dressed up in bright, traditional Qatari clothes, children visit their neighbouring houses and friends collecting sweets in specially designed bags. With lot of activities around the week to participate, kids can be seen enjoying and singing folk songs until late into the night. Garangao has evolved through the years and is now celebrated all over the city with hotels and other main attractions hosting different celebrations.