Kateyef, a popular sweet-stuffed in pancake during Ramadan continues to attract people in spite of being available to a few locations due to the massive constructions work carried out across the country.
The demand for the sweet, which is used to break fast during Ramadan, was evident by the long queues seen outside these shops at Markhiya signal and Bin Mahmoud area.
The sale of these sweets made of wheat begins at 3pm and lasts for three hours, traffic at link roads of Najma and Markhiya during this time is high and flooded with vehicles. Earlier, the sale of ‘Katayef’ was a sort of celebration in old Doha streets which were dotted with its shops. But, most of these outlets had to be removed following the massive construction activities in Qatar.
Many vendors have stopped selling the cakes after the demolition and that’s the reason there is a huge demand for the existing few vendors.
Majid, a salesman at a sweet shop, said:”Although it is a difficult exercise, we enjoy the process of making ‘Katayef’. For us, it is more than a business during Ramadan as it is imbued in the month’s spirit of giving. A lot of manpower is required for its preparation. But, once we eat this delicacy, all our tiredness caused by fasting is gone and we start feeling fresh again.”
Hamzakutty S, an Indian expatriate, said,”During Ramadan, I come here every day along with my children. We consider it as part of celebration.”