Emirates is bringing the generosity and spirit of Eid Al-Adha to all its customers with a special inflight offering from Aug. 11 to Aug. 14.
Eid Al-Adha is one of the most significant dates in the Islamic calendar, and one of the holiest celebrations. The name translates to “festival of the sacrifice,” and it marks the end of Hajj, the annual pilgrimage to Makkah, Saudi Arabia. Around the world, Eid Al-Adha is usually celebrated with loved ones.
To celebrate the spirit of the festival, an Eid menu with a touch of Middle Eastern hospitality will be served on board the Emirates A380 lounge.
This includes Arabic coffee, a date cake and a selection of Emirati pastries. Chocolates in an Eid box from UAE-based gourmet chocolatiers, Forrey & Galland, will also be served to all customers in premium classes on all routes.
A menu with Arabic flavors will be introduced during the celebrations for customers in all classes. Depending on the route, economy customers could sample Emirates’ signature dish, a chicken or lamb machbous (a spicy Middle Eastern rice dish), and enjoy a date cake for dessert.
First- and business-class customers have the choice of lamb or chicken ouzi, a rice dish popular in the Gulf where the meat is slow cooked with roasted nuts and raisins.
A king fish with rice will also be offered on select routes in Africa and Europe. These mains are complemented with the Arabic salad and premium customers can also choose from various Arabic desserts including chocolate fondant with labneh ice cream, date and almond nammoura made from semolina, or khabees served with Arabic coffee sauce and pistachio cream.
As a global airline, Emirates celebrates events from all over the world and incorporates seasonal and regional flavors into its menus on board and in its lounges worldwide.
From Sept. 1 to 13, the airline with be celebrating the Indian festival of Onam on its flights to and from Kerala with a special menu of vegetable sambhar, chicken sukka and mutton pepper fry. Meals will be served on traditional banana leaves and appetizers such as banana chips, sharkara varatti and curd chilli, and a dessert of palada pradhaman will be served.
Next month, Emirates will celebrate the mid-autumn festival on select Asian flights. The harvest festival is celebrated mainly by Chinese and Vietnamese communities on the 15th day of the 8th month of the lunar calendar. Traditional mooncakes, a staple during the celebrations will be served in all classes.