Dubai Consumer Mirror

Friday, October 14, 2005

Ramadan Tents

Why is it after visiting any Ramadan "Tent", I walk out feeling like there is a big sticker slapped my forehead with word SUCKER on it? I mean, is it only me that thinks this "Ramadan tent" setup is just getting way out of hand? You are welcomed with attitude the minute you hit the place, orders take an average of 30 to 45 minutes to arrive, there is always something wrong with the order, you have to break something to grab the waiter's attention, the prices are simply unbelievable, and there is always something wrong with the bill!

Also, since when do we have to pay a ticket to enter a coffee shop? A major hotel on Sh. Zayed road known for its Asian branches in SHANGhai, koREa, LAngkawi and other Far Asian cities - is actually charging (i think about Dhs 35 per person) just to get into the Ramadan tent. According to the hyper-tensed lady at the entrance, this fee doesn't cover any orders - its an entrance charge!

Yesterday, we walked into a tent in a RITZy hotel in the New Dubai area. Although the place was air-conditioned, it was REALLY warm, stuffy and humid. We asked for water and the waiter came back with an Evian bottle. I told him i will go for the good old local water that is clearly visible on all the other tables around ours. He brings our AQUA and after many desperate calls, the bill arrives. They charged me Dhs 25 for an Evian. I protested saying we had the cheap local alternative. The smart-ass waiter replied, "Evian, Aquafina.. all same brice here!"

I rest my case...


  • only place in dubai i've had near consistant quality has been reem al bawardi on the beach road.
    and they have shisha. they kick ass. chicken wings and french fries with hommous et al kicks ass.

    i miss their food ):

    By Blogger samuraisam, at October 15, 2005 at 5:59 PM  

  • thanks Sam - true .. i do go there alot and i also like their Arayes Toshka - pretty good.

    The thing i can't understand nor tolerate is the ripping-you-off-straight-in-your-face Ramadan Tent setup. I think next year we will witness less outdoor and more indoor ones. As the weather is becoming more humid and hot, which won't help setting up any outdoor venues.

    By Blogger moryarti, at October 16, 2005 at 12:22 AM  

  • well well well... this ramadan tent thing is getting way out of hand. we paid in Khan Murjan - wafi an entrance charge of dhs 60 per pax... whoa whoa. and any other tents i call, need a minimum billing or minimum charge or well well a fixed menu cnfm... ALL THIS SINCE WHEN....

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at September 5, 2008 at 5:57 PM  

  • Ramadan is so commercialized now a days...

    The spirit is not there anymore...

    By Blogger lezah, at September 18, 2008 at 9:45 PM  

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