Emirates is bringing back its Iftar service for customers travelling during the month of Ramadan. The special boxes have been re-designed and will be available across all cabin classes on select flights including those to and from the Gulf region as well as Umrah groups travelling to Jeddah and Medina.
The Iftar boxes will allow those observing Ramadan to break their fast with a balanced meal. The service has been a mainstay on Emirates flights for over 20 years and is available for the whole month of Ramadan expected to begin on June 6 this year.
The boxes feature a new look with an Arabesque design inspired by the region. This year’s Ramadan boxes will have a new menu designed by Emirates’ chefs. This menu features a Middle Eastern flavour, while remaining global, and will be refreshed mid-Ramadan. The Iftar box includes options such as za’atar chicken with hummus, spinach fatayer, halloumi cheese and cucumber sandwiches, traditional sweets such as mammoul and dates, as well as yoghurt.
Emirates calculates the exact Ramadan timings using the aircraft’s longitude, latitude and altitude to ensure accuracy while onboard. When the sun sets, passengers will be informed of the Iftar time by the captain. This tool was developed to supplement Emirates’ annually produced booklet on the timings for Ramadan, available on every flight.
A snack box will also be provided at boarding gates allowing customers to break their fast prior to boarding or while boarding. On certain routes, these boxes will be offered to customers prior to Imsak. During the month, cold meals will be served in lieu of a hot one on all flights to Jeddah and Medina, including Umrah day flights.