Ramadan

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The Ramadan Plaza Hotel in the Little Mecca neighborhood of San Diego, California.

“mmmmm....food tastes good”

~ Oscar Wilde on Ramadan

Ramadan is the holiest hotel chain in the Islamic faith. According to Islamic tradition, Ramadan was founded by Mohammed's brother-in-law Hossain al-Patel, who built a 95-room hotel on the outskirts of Mecca in the year 637 to accommodate the rising number of pilgrims flowing into the city since Mohammed's victory over the Quraish nine years earlier. Al-Patel and his descendants expanded into Europe and Asia during the Middle Ages as the Islamic world grew, and today Ramadan Hotels International, a Delaware corporation with headquarters in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, operates over 600 hotels and resorts worldwide.

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Ramadan is famous for its large pre-dawn breakfasts, after which you are not allowed to eat until sunset.
  • Hossain al-Patel's original North Mecca Ramadan Plaza & Suites was remodelled in 1381 and again in 1992, and was converted to a Sheraton in 1996. It is slated for demolition in 2007 to make way for a proposed "Disneyland Hajj" amusement park.
  • The long axis of every Ramadan hotel is supposed to point directly toward the Kaaba in Mecca. The sole exception is the 600-room Ramadan Plaza Celebration Springs in Orlando, Florida, a former Westin hotel that is perfectly circular in shape. To compensate for the lack of a long axis, all the beds at the hotel are aligned with the headboards facing toward Mecca.
  • Muslims are required to fast during daylight hours while in Ramadan, so the hotels do not serve the traditional continental breakfast.
  • The largest Ramadan in the world is the 2,200-room Ramadan Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas, Nevada. It is also the least-visited casino in Las Vegas, as Islamic law strictly forbids gambling.---
  • Its Ramadan all year at the ramadan hotel (sponsored by ramadan hotel)

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