Camels, falcons, and Qatari culture at the Doha Marriott

In this week’s special episode of Mama Baba Ganoush, I head to the first five-star hotel in Qatar – the Doha Marriott to sample their sumptuous iftar offering. If you’re looking for a real slice of culture during Ramadan, then look no further!

Originally opened in 1972, the Doha Marriott Hotel has so much to choose from with an amazing array of culinary bites from this year’s special ‘Streets of Arabia’- themed iftar and sohour – luscious and spicy Indian curries, Arabian favourites such as mouth-watering shawarma, and perfectly-grilled meats – there’s something for everyone to tickle those taste-buds. Be sure to check out the drool-worthy dessert buffet with an awesome selection of international and Middle Eastern sweet treats from the heavenly umm ali and baklava, to rich chocolate cakes and mini fruit-tarts.

After your meal why not head to the relaxing and cosy majlis lobby tent – perfect for sipping a cup of freshly-brewed Arabic tea or coffee. Here ladies can have a beautiful henna designed for free, or how about handling the falcon for a photo opportunity – great for sending back home to friends and family to show a classic piece of Qatari culture.

As you can see from the video there’s a family of camels awaiting your arrival at Doha Marriott. So take a free camel ride or just say hello to Dad Bashoosh, Mum Sahara or baby Samara! If you’ve never tried riding a camel in Qatar then this is your chance! Be sure to watch the whole video to see what happens during my ride – was it a winner? You be the judge!

Ramadan Kareem everyone and please share and like the video! Also we’re giving away a lovely sohour for two at the Doha Marriott valid until the end of Ramadan! We’ll be drawing the lucky winner on Wednesday, June 7, so if you want to enter, click here!



Location: Ras Abu Aboud Street, Building 2, Street 920, Zone 28, Doha

Contact: (+974) 4429-8888




Timings: Sunset to 8.30pm and 9pm to 1am

Price: QR 185, Iftar

            QR 139, Sohour

Shisha available outside at The View Terrace


Contact: (+974) 4429-8499


Have you sampled a taste of Qatari culture this Ramadan at the Doha Marriott? If so, tell us about your experience in the comments below, and don’t forget to give us a like and a share – it keeps us going!