ISLAMABAD  - The trend of arranging outdoor Iftar gatherings with friends and family is gaining popularity in twin cities as many restaurants and international food chains offer affordable deals during Ramadan.

Local hotels, restaurants and food chains attract the general public with family deals that combine both the food and the ambiance for celebrating Iftar parties.

The concept of arranging Iftar gatherings at homes is now turning into outdoor Itar dinners in a way to share with families and friends. “Iftar gatherings are a way to stay in touch with family members and promote kinship,” said Hina, a university student.

 “The atmosphere and gatherings encourage us to arrange Iftar parties at restaurants, It’s all about going out on Iftar, sitting with friends and have memorable moments,” she said.

These Iftar parties also serve as recreational activity and give people a break from daily routine.

Besides family gatherings, outdoor Iftar parties are also emerging as a potential business for hotels and restaurants for getting maximum profits.

Such arrangements serve as a social event for people and also satisfy their concern of status symbol, said an official of a local event management company.

Keeping in view the current situation of load shedding and rising temperature, it is difficult for women to prepare Iftar at homes and many families prefer to have Iftar at hotels and restaurants.

The hotel and restaurants offer special Ramadan packages for families ranging from affordable rates to expensive ones depending on the variety and quality of food items. On the time of Iftar, the people hardly get space to sit outdoor in restaurants, which is reflective of the popularity of the trend of outdoor Iftar parties.