The Daily: A cozy iftar for the family

The buffet had a variety of dishes, mostly from Arabic cuisines. (Supplied)
Updated 02 June 2019

The Daily: A cozy iftar for the family

  • The desserts were the best part of the Daily's buffet
  • The restaurant gives out vouchers for free iftars to be shared

DUBAI: For a warm and cozy iftar, head to the buffet at the Daily in any of the Roves across Dubai.

The branch at Trade Center has a variety of starters and sweets, most of the options from Arabic cuisines.

The lentil soup was delicious, combining the right amount of spices for a perfect flavor. One of my favorite starters was their tabbouleh, a parsley salad with burghul and tomatoes.

There was also variety of main dishes, such as couscous, samaka harra and chicken biryani. The samaka harra was delicious, coated in a tomato and chili sauce while remaining juicy inside.

However, the desserts were the most notable part of this iftar.

The Umm Ali, which is similar to bread pudding, was creamy with just the right amount of sweetness. Another Arabic dessert, Halawet Jubn, or Arabic cream rolled in a cheese dough, transported me right back to when I used to eat it in Syria. Coffee and tea are also offered at the buffet.

For this Ramadan, the Daily is giving a free iftar coupons for every purchased meal, to highlight and support the spirit of giving the holy month is famed for. Guests in turn are welcome to share their coupons with their friends, or even strangers.

The staff were attentive and friendly, and the ambience was welcoming. There is an enjoyable outdoor terrace, where visitors can enjoy pleasant weather, but the indoor space can get a little cramped.

The buffet is priced at $27 per person, and the Rove has various locations across Dubai, including Downtown, the Trade Center and the Marina.


Iconic Algerian raï singer Cheikha Rimitti gets square named after her in Paris

Cheikha Rimitti gets square named after her in Paris. (File/Getty Images)
Updated 17 November 2019

Iconic Algerian raï singer Cheikha Rimitti gets square named after her in Paris

  • Earlier this week, the Council of Paris designated an area of the French capital's 18th arrondissement to honor iconic raï singer Cheikha Rimitti
  • The square bears the name of the late singer

DUBAI: Earlier this week, the Council of Paris designated an area of the French capital's 18th arrondissement to honor the late iconic raï singer Cheikha Rimitti. Situated between Rue de la Goutte d'Or and Polonceau, the square bears the name of the Algerian musical pioneer.

Often called the “grandma of raï music,” Rimitti was born Saadia El-Ghizania to a impoverished family near Sidi Bel Abbes, Algeria, in 1923.

After being orphaned during childhood, she went on to join a troupe of traditional Algerian musicians and sang and danced at weddings and celebrations around West Algeria before moving to the rural town of Relizane and writing her own songs.

During her decades-long career, she composed more than 200 songs that tackled themes of colonialism, poverty and immigration that have inspired some of today’s most celebrated raï singers, including Cheb Khaled and Rachid Taha.

She moved to Paris in 1978, where her music went on to garner international recognition. In addition to performing in sold-out tours in major cities across the world, she also collaborated with Robert Fripp and Flea from the Red Hot Chili Peppers.

The iconic singer died in Paris in 2006 at the age of 83 from a heart attack, just two days after performing at the Zenith.