From traditional buffet spreads to special set menus, here’s where you can get a taste of this unique Ramadan experience in Dubai…
During Ramadan, “iftar” is the meal served at sunset to break the long day of fasting (the word literally means “break fast”). Friends and families often gather together for this meal, and many hotels and restaurants across Dubai put on a special feast for the occasion.
Even if you’re not fasting, anyone is welcome to come along and experience iftar. In fact, it’s a wonderful way to get into the spirit of the holy month.
As for the food? Well, this is Dubai, so expect heaving tables, lavish decorations, and dishes from every corner of the globe.
Here is our round-up of iftars you can try in Dubai this Ramadan.
Accents, InterContinental Dubai Marina
A traditional buffet at the airy Accents restaurant, featuring a selection of live cooking stations, and sharing platters served to the table along with a choice of fresh juices, mocktails and smoothies.
Accents, InterContinental Dubai Marina, daily from sunset. Tel: (04) 446 6669. icmarinadining.com
Elegantly decorated to celebrate the Holy Month, Boulevard Ballroom serves iftar over a communal table. The menu features traditional dishes all delivered to your table, family style. An oud player sets the mood with traditional tunes.
Address Boulevard, Downtown Dubai, daily from sunset. Tel: (04) 561 8888. theaddress.com
Address Dubai Marina
The huge Constellation Ballroom is transformed into a modern Arabesque wonderland which seats up to 420 people, with a wide selection of seasonal favourites on offer, an international buffet and live oud player. A Ramadan tent, located on the terrace adjacent to the ballroom, offers guests access to the buffet while also serving shisha.
Address Dubai Marina, Al Marsa Street, daily sunset to 9pm. Tel: (04) 436 7777. theaddress.com
Al Dawaar, Hyatt Regency Dubai
COST: Dhs180 (Dhs90 children)
Recently remodeled with a chic colonial decor, as Al Dawaar revolves, it offers panoramic 360-degree views of the city’s skyline, while diners can enjoy a lavish iftar spread this Ramadan. Expect traditional delicacies including Arabic mezze, hot soups, biryani, kebabs, roasted local ouzi and more.
Hyatt Regency Dubai, Deira, daily sunset to 10pm. Tel: (04) 209 6887. dubai.regency.hyatt.com
Al Mayass, Sofitel Dubai Downtown
COST: Dhs185 (Dhs235 with shisha, Dhs92 for children aged 6 to 12)
This stylish Lebanese-Armenian restaurant is known for its generous portions, so expect good things from their iftar set menu.
Sofitel Dubai Downtown, Downtown Dubai, daily sunset to 9pm. Tel: (04) 338 7772. sofitel-dubai-downtown.com
An Arabic buffet with an Italian twist this featuring daily live cooking stations, mixed grill, Makhlouba and a selection of classic Italian dishes and desserts – there’s both indoor and outdoor seating.
Alloro, Wyndham Dubai Marina, daily sunset to 9pm. Tel: (04) 407 8872. Facebook.com/AlloroDubai
Ananta, The Oberoi
Luxurious Indian restaurant Ananta presents a special Dehlvi iftar set menu, served to your table in traditional thali style.
Ananta, The Oberoi, Business Bay, daily from sunset. Tel: (04) 444 1407. oberoihotels.com
Anise, InterContinental Dubai Festival City
The iftar celebrations at InterContinental Dubai Festival City take place at Anise restaurant this year. It’s an international buffet with eight live cooking stations.
Anise, InterContinental Dubai Festival City, daily sunset to 10pm. Tel: (04) 701 1127. ihg.com
Armani Hotel Dubai
Break your fast inside the world’s tallest building. In the Armani Hotel’s ballroom, guests can enjoy signature dishes and a menu of iftar classics that’s changed up daily.
Armani Hotel Dubai, Burj Khalifa, Downtown Dubai, daily from sunset. Tel: (04) 888 3666. armanihoteldubai.com
Asateer Tent, Atlantis The Palm
COST: Dhs220 (Dhs110 for children aged 3 to 12)
One of the largest Ramadan tents in the UAE, expect a fusion of classic Ramadan flavours and international favourites from celebrity chef restaurants Bread Street Kitchen and Ronda Locatelli.
Atlantis, The Palm, daily from sunset. Tel: (04) 426 2626. atlantisthepalm.com
Ballaro, Conrad Dubai
Expect the warmth and hospitality of a traditional iftar but with a Mediterranean flair at Ballaro. Enjoy a large array of Arabic dishes and sweets accompanied by music.
Conrad Dubai, Sheikh Zayed Road, daily sunset to 9pm. Tel: (04) 444 7444. conradhotels3.hilton.com
Besh, Sheraton Dubai Mall of the Emirates
COST: Dhs111 for the first ten days of Ramadan, Dhs155 thereafter
Enter the gates of Besh to the Ramadan Bazaar, a pop-up night market featuring Turkish produce from jewellery, clothing, home decor and food produce. Before that, try their Turkish-inspired iftar with local delicacies.
Besh, Sheraton Dubai Mall of the Emirates, daily from sunset. Tel: (04) 377 2353. sheratondubaimalloftheemirates.com
BHAR, Renaissance Downtown Hotel Dubai
Feast on a selection of Chef Mohanad’s favorite regional Ramadan dishes at BHAR Modern Middle Eastern Restaurant, including slow-cooked lamb shoulder, grilled Chilean seabass and vegetables.
BHAR, Renaissance Downtown Hotel, Business Bay, daily sunset to 9pm. Tel: (04) 512 55110. renaissance-hotels.marriott.com
Boardwalk, Dubai Creek Golf and Yacht Club
COST: Dhs 165 (customized packages also available)
For a unique iftar experience head to Boardwalk at Dubai Creek Golf and Yacht Club. Enjoy a set menu of shish tawook, lamb kofta, falafel, kibbeh, and fattoush as you take in the picturesque views while floating down the Creek in a bright orange donut that can fit eight.
Dubai Creek Golf and Yacht Club, sunset to 8pm, Tel: (04) 205 4647. dubaigolf.com
Bombay Brasserie, Taj Dubai
International venue Bombay Brasserie will offer an Indian focused set menu to enjoy over iftar – it’s priced at Dhs195.
Bombay Brasserie, Taj Dubai, Business Bay, daily sunset to 9pm. Tel: (04) 438 3100. tajhotels.com
Enjoy an iftar with an Indian twist at this JBR hotspot. You’ll get a fresh fruit and dates platter, salad and a tikka platter, butter chicken and lamb rogan josh with stir fried greens and dal, your choice of biryani and a dessert platter.
Bombay Bungalow, The Beach at JBR, daily from sunset. Tel: (800) 6928779. bombaybungalowdxb.com
Burger & Lobster
You can sample almost the entire Burger & Lobster menu at this unique iftar. The set menu includes a cheeseburger, mini lobster roll, soup, half-pounder lobster and chips, tres leches and a milkshake – and there’s even more if you’ve got a big group.
Burger & Lobster, Burj Daman building, DIFC, daily from sunset. Tel: (04) 514 8838. burgerandlobster.com
Burj Al Arab
Al Falak Ballroom, inspired by a Viennese opera house, is transformed into a palatial hall dressed in Arabesque patterns. Share Arabic delicacies from the buffet, sample the Tamarind Man’s creations and try ice cream from the Turkish trolley.
Burj Al Arab, daily from sunset. Tel: (04) 301 7600. jumeirah.com
Cafe Arabesque, Park Hyatt Dubai
Iftar at this elegant spot features traditional regional delicacies like lamb ouzi and umm ali as well as live cooking stations.
Cafe Arabesque, Park Hyatt Dubai, daily from sunset. Tel: (04) 602 1814. hyatt.com
Tamani Marina Hotel & Hotel Apartment hosts an international buffet and live performances at Cafe Society.
Cafe Society, King Salman Bin Abdul Aziz Street, Dubai Marina, daily from sunset. Tel: (04) 318 3755. cafesociety.ae
Cascades, Fairmont Dubai
COST: Dhs180 (Dhs90 for children aged 6 to 12, free for children under 6)
This year’s iftar at Fairmont Dubai comes with the theme ‘The Year of Zayed through Five Senses’, revolving around taste, sight, touch, sound and smell. You’ll also find the only indoor Ramadan tent on Sheikh Zayed Road here, where you can enjoy a selection of Middle Eastern and international dishes.
Cascades, Fairmont Dubai, Sheikh Zayed R0ad, daily from sunset to 9.30pm. Tel: (04) 311 8316. fairmont.com/dubai
Channels, Media Rotana
Channels restaurant always do a good buffet on their regular themed nights, and for iftar they’ll be serving international cuisine and traditional Arabic dishes such as lamb ouzi. Afterwards, head for suhoor at the Terrace Tent.
Channels, Media Rotana, Barsha Heights, daily sunset to 8.30pm. Tel: (04) 435 0201. rotana.com
Enjoy some French flavours at Chez Charles with an iftar a sharing menu that includes a soup, four salads, two main-courses and two desserts for a minimum of two guests.
Chez Charles, Dubai Design District, daily from sunset. Tel: (04) 512 2444. chezcharlesrestaurant.ae
Chival, La Ville Hotel & Suites Dubai
COST: Dhs195 (Dhs95 children)
Located in City Walk, this boutique hotel is the perfect place for a laidback iftar. A selection of Arabic and international dishes are served ‘family style’ (which means they’re designed to be shared) at Chival. Afterwards, head to the hotel courtyard for shisha.
Chival, La Ville Hotel & Suites, City Walk, daily sunset to 8.30pm. Tel: (054) 309 5948. livelaville.com
This healthy cafe is hosting the city’s first ever vegan iftar, with a packed three course a la carte menu including innovative dishes like the vegan mushroom and chia burger, and vegan bread and butter pudding with tonka ice cream.
Common Grounds, Mall of the Emirates, daily from sunset. Tel: (050) 478 1094. facebook.com/commongroundsdubai
Crescendo, Anantara The Palm
COST: Dhs199 (Dhs100 for children aged 6 to 12)
Take in the sunset views over the sea as you feast on a buffet of Middle Eastern and international dishes. For every party of 10 adults, one person dines free.
Crescendo, Anantara The Palm, daily from sunset. Tel: (04) 567 8304. dubai-palm.anantara.com
Crystal, Copthorne Hotel Dubai
Crystal restaurant is offering an iftar buffet featuring a mixture of Arabic and international dishes, as well as refreshing Ramadan juices and Arabic coffee. The hotel is offering a 20 per cent discount for bookings made a week in advance, and one free iftar will be given to every group of 10 or more diners.
Crystal, Copthorne Hotel Dubai, Deira, daily from sunset. Tel: (04) 209 4254. millenniumhotels.com
Expect an extensive Iftar buffet including a salad bar, cold and hot mezzes, live cooking and grill stations, and dessert stations at this purpose-built, two storey Ramadan tent.
The Dallah Lounge at Emirates Golf Club, Near Nakheel Metro, daily from sunset to 9pm. Tel: (04) 417 9999. dubaigolf.com
Demoiselle by Galvin
This award-winning bistro from the Galvin Brothers is offering a set menu of Middle Eastern-inspired dishes like baked halloumi & Provençale salsa, Indian spiced chicken stew with fragrant basmati rice, and date chocolate fondant.
Demoiselle by Galvin, City Walk, daily from sunset to 9pm. Tel: (04) 590 5076. demoiselledubai.com
A unique pop-up restaurant in Al Quoz, Ramadan Nights By Dish hosts a three-course menu including roasted garlic hummus, grilled flat bread with burnt eggplant and spiced carrot, lentil and saffron soup. Standout signature main courses include slow-braised lamb shoulder in Middle Eastern spices, corn-fed chicken koftas and cured seabass served with a freekha tabbouleh.
Dish, Warehouse 4, Al Quoz, daily from sunset. Tel: (056) 1283247. dish.ae
The Dubai Opera team host guests in its auditorium, which completely transforms into a flat floor with ornate decorations. Food is provided by the award-winning restaurant Sean Connolly at Dubai Opera, who have been working on special dishes including sustainable hammour prepared in shakshouka style, slow-cooked beef cheek, whole roast duck and chicken, salmon en croute and a trio of changing biryanis.
Dubai Opera, Downtown Dubai, daily from sunset. Tel: (04) 440 8888. dubaiopera.com
Dunes Cafe, Shangri-La Hotel
Tuck into an array of Middle Eastern specialties and traditional Ramadan beverages, including a variety of Arabic sweets and desserts.
Dunes Cafe, Shangri-La Hotel Dubai, Trade Centre Area, daily sunset to 8.30pm. Tel: (04) 405 2703. shangri-la.com/dubai
Dusit Thani Dubai
COST: Dhs159 (Dhs139 for a group of 20)
Break fast with a large selection of traditional Arabic dishes, plus Thai selections from the award-winning Benjarong Royal Thai restaurant – all in one grand iftar buffet. Cap off iftar with a variety of shisha flavours available on Dusit Thani’s pretty terrace.
Dusit Thani Dubai, Sheikh Zayed Road, daily from sunset. Tel: (04) 317 4515. dusit.com
Fairmont The Palm
Iftar and suhoor will be served buffet style in the beautiful Fairuz tent at this beachside destination.
Fairmont The Palm, Palm Jumeirah, daily from sunset. Tel: (04) 457 3388. fairmont.com
Modern spice bistro Farzi Cafe is offering a creative iftar set menu with dishes like curry leaf prawns served in a coconut shell, chicken tikka pockets, cottage cheese scrambled tarts, and a “kunafa nest” to end the meal on a sweet note.
Farzi Cafe, City Walk, daily 7pm, 9pm or 11pm. Tel: (04) 394 2556. farzicafe.ae
Feast, Sheraton Grand Hotel
Iftar is being served at live-cooking restaurant Feast, featuring Arabian and international dishes plus fresh juice and soft drink. The deal, priced at Dhs210, offers traditional favourites such as shish kebab and lamb biryani.
Feast, Sheraton Grand Hotel, Sheikh Zayed Road, daily from sunset. Tel: (04) 503 4444. feastrestaurantdubai.com
This seafood spot has created a unique selection of healthy Iftar dishes inspired by traditional Mediterranean flavours with a Lebanese twist.
Flooka Dubai, Dubai Marine Beach Resort and Spa, daily from sunset to 8.30pm. Tel: (04) 346 111. flooka.com
Dubai’s healthy eating hub is serving iftar with a difference. The Bedouin-inspired menu uses wholesome, and, where possible, local ingredients in a range of dishes featuring meats, seafood, salads, mezze and desserts. Flow’s decor will undergo a makeover, too, with lanterns, kilims and bean sacks channelling the cosy atmosphere of Bedouin tents. Iftars will also feature poetry recitals.
Flow, Jumeirah Emirates Towers, Sun to Thurs 7pm to 8.30pm. Tel: (055) 2934430. facebook.com/flowdubai
Fogo de Chao
Brazilian steakhouse Fogo de Chao offers its unique churrasco dining experience along with a selection of traditional Arabic additions to celebrate iftar. From sunset to 9pm, you can break your fast with soups, fattoush, hummus, and baba ganoush from The Market Table, followed by the continuous service of fire-roasted cuts of Brazilian meat.
Fogo de Chao, Podium 3, Central Park Towers, DIFC, daily sunset to 9pm. Tel: (04) 343 8867. fogodechao.com
For a serious meat feast, head to Gaucho this Ramadan. The Argentinian restaurant is going all out for iftar with a three-course menu featuring tasty empanadas, ribeye and coconut tres leches.
Gaucho, Gate Village, DIFC, daily from sunset. Tel: (04) 422 7898. gauchorestaurants.com
Souk Al Bahar Turkish meatery Günaydın has a specially crafted set menu featuring grill specialties like doner, chicken sis, pistachio and begendi kebab, as well as dessert favourites like kunefe and baklava. You’ll get great views of the Dubai Fountain and Burj Khalifa from here, too.
Günaydın, Souk Al Bahar, Downtown Dubai, daily from sunset. Tel: (04) 554 0700. gunaydindubai.com
Habtoor Grand Resort
COST: Dhs149 (Dhs75 for children aged between 7 and 12)
An iftar buffet of Arabian and international dishes, while relaxing in the Habtoor Grand’s very beautiful beachside tent.
Habtoor Grand Resort, Dubai Marina, daily sunset to 9pm. Tel: (04) 408 4257. habtoorhotels.com
Hilton Dubai Jumeirah Resort
COST: Dhs195 (BiCE) and Dhs225 (Oceana)
BiCE serves a three-course sharing menu this Ramadan, while Oceana restaurant is hosting an Arabic iftar buffet with live oud entertainment.
Hilton Dubai Jumeirah Resort, The Walk, JBR, daily sunset to 8pm. Tel: (04) 318 2520 (BiCE), (04) 318 2319 (Oceana). hilton.com
Located in The Dubai Mall’s Fashion Avenue (with great views of the Dubai Fountain), Turkish restaurant Huqqa is serving up a special iftar menu featuring dishes like wrapped lamb leg with barley, beef ribs, and chicken kulbasti.
Huqqa, Fashion Avenue, The Dubai Mall, daily sunset to 9pm. Tel: (04) 362 7500. huqqa.com
Imperium, Jumeirah Zabeel Saray
COST: Dhs195 (under-12s half price)
Beneath high ceilings, glowing lanterns and surrounded by intricate wooden carvings, experience Lebanese warmth and hospitality with authentic hot and cold mezze, aromatic mains and a wide selection of traditional desserts.
Imperium, Jumeirah Zabeel Saray, Palm Jumeirah, daily sunset to 9pm. Tel: (04) 453 0444. jumeirah.com
Jumeirah Emirates Towers
Authentic Arabic cuisine and live oud make for a special evening inside the Majlis Godolphin.
Jumeirah Emirates Towers, daily from sunset. Tel: (04) 432 3232. jumeirah.com
JW Marriott Marquis
The hotel’s exquisite iftar takes place at Dubai Ballroom, which will be transformed into the white and gold Al Fanous Lounge, serving an international buffet.
JW Marriott Marquis, Business Bay, daily sunset to 8.30pm. Tel: (04) 414 3000. jwmarriottmarquisdubailife.com
Kaftan Turkish Cuisine & Fine Art
COST: Dhs190 (Dhs95 for children)
Expect an iftar with an Ottoman and Turkish twist at this lovely restaurant, with a buffet of dishes including eight-hour slow-cooked lamb, testi kebab, and 25 different desserts (including Kaftan’s famous baklava).
Kaftan, Villa #861, Jumeirah Road, daily sunset to 9pm. Tel: (04) 338 9688.
Kaftan, La Mer South, daily sunset to 9pm. Tel: (04) 344 6288. More info on website.
Kalea, Lapita Dubai Parks & Resorts
COST: Dhs160 (under-12s Dhs75)
Where else in Dubai can you break your fast at a Polynesian themed restaurant? Kalea is hosting an international buffet, but if you want to tag on an overnight stay, the Ramadan Experience room package starts at Dhs735 per night.
Kalea, Lapita Dubai Parks & Resorts, E11, daily sunset to 11pm. Tel: (04) 810 9421. experiencelapita.com
Kaleidoscope, Atlantis The Palm
An international buffet featuring dishes from around the world awaits guests this Ramadan at Kaleidoscope. This family restaurant will be offering its usual Mediterranean, North African and Indian specialty dishes, alongside a special iftar buffet.
Kaleidoscope, Atlantis The Palm, daily 6pm to 8.30pm. Tel: (04) 426 1000. atlantisthepalm.com
Khaymat Al Bahr, Jumeirah Al Qasr
If you haven’t yet had the chance to sample Lebanon’s rich culinary heritage, now is the perfect time to do so at Khaymat Al Bahr, while sharing an iftar buffet rich in unforgettable local flavours.
Khaymat Al Bahr, Jumeirah Al Qasr, daily from sunset. Tel: (04) 432 3232. jumeirah.com
Located in Dar Wasl mall, this lovely Afghan street and soul food restaurant will transform into an Afghan-style majlis for iftar and suhoor, with an a la carte menu.
Kishmish, Dar Wasl mall, Al Wasl Road, daily from sunset to 9pm. Tel: (04) 349 6665. kishmish.ae
Kris with a View, Park Regis Kris Kin Hotel
This iftar buffet on the 19th floor features authentic Arabic favourites, international dishes, and live cooking stations, complemented by the views of the Dubai skyline.
Kris with a View, Park Regis Kris Kin Hotel, Sheikh Khalifa Bin Zayed Street, daily sunset to 11pm. Tel: (04) 377 1184. parkregiskriskin.ae
Dukes Dubai, the quintessentially British hotel located on the Palm Jumeirah is marking the holy month with a feast in its Indian brasserie, Khyber. Located on the 15th floor of the hotel, it’s a four-course menu with a breath-taking 180-degree view of the Dubai Marina.
Khyber, Dukes Dubai, Palm Jumeirah, daily sunset to 11pm. Tel: (04) 455 11 11. dukesdubai.com
Enjoy a South American-inspired set menu at this authentic Peruvian restaurant. You’ll get a four-course feast full of ceviche, pumpkin soup, lamb rack, and other Peruvian delicacies.
Lima, City Walk, daily sunset to 9pm. Tel: (056) 5004571. limadubai.com
One of Dubai’s best Ramadan celebration venues, the Madinat Arena’s Al Majlis returns this year with an enormous Arabic buffet serving hundreds of guests each night.
Madinat Jumeirah, daily sunset to 8.30pm. Tel: (04) 432 3232. jumeirah.com
Enjoy Arabic favourites at Makan, with a set menu including cold and hot appetizers, a selection of main courses, traditional desserts, and Ramadan drinks. There will also be live music three nights a week.
Makan, La Mer North, Jumeirah 1, iftar daily sunset to 9pm, suhoor daily 9.30pm to 3.30am. Tel: (04) 385 5525. instagram.com/makan.dubai
Guests will be seated amongst Masti’s lush and vibrant interiors for a menu which infuses modern cuisine with traditional flavours.
La Mer, Jumeirah 1, Dubai, daily from 7pm. Tel: (04) 3444384. mastidubai.com
COST: Dhs175 for first ten days of Ramadan, Dhs199 thereafter
The Meydan Ramadan tent buffet presents various interactive cooking stations including authentic manakeesh baking, Chinese live wok and a fresh sushi counter together with a wide selection of refreshing fruit juices and traditional Ramadan beverages.
Meydan Hotel, Al Meydan Road, Nad Al Sheba, daily from sunset. Tel: (04) 381 3111. meydanhotels.com
Millennium Airport Hotel Dubai
COST: Dhs149 (Loumi) and Dhs120 (Da Vinci’s)
Authentic Arabic and international dishes at Loumi, the Arabic influenced all-day dining restaurant. Alternatively, head to Da Vinci’s for an Italian iftar set menu.
Millennium Airport Hotel, Airport Road, Garhoud, daily sunset to 8pm. Tel: (04) 702 8888. millenniumhotels.com
One of the newest restaurants in town serves a four-course sharing menu. Appetisers include a market salad, burrata stracchiatella or foie gras french toast followed by mixed seafood, mushroom ravioli or lamb chops for mains, and s’mores bar, lemon tart and klondike bar to finish.
Mina Brasserie, Four Seasons DIFC, daily 6pm to 8pm. Tel: (04) 506 0000. minabrasserie.com
Molecule, Dubai Design District, daily from sunset. Tel: (052) 949 2202. Facebook.com/Moleculedxb
Namu is hosting a K-iftar (Korean iftar), featuring a traditional Korean home-style set menu. Daily changing dishes include galbijim (soy sauce braised beef short rib), jijimi (assorted Korean pancakes), bang eo gui (gochujang marinated yellowtail fish), and of course, kimchi.
Namu, W Dubai – Al Habtoor City, daily from sunset. Tel: (04) 435 5577. alhabtoorcityhotels.com
Nosh, Movenpick Hotel Jumeirah Lakes Towers
There are two very good reasons to dine at Nosh, the bright and airy restaurant at Movenpick Hotel Jumeirah Lakes Towers, this Ramadan. One, the international buffet spread is of a very high quality. Two, you’ll be entered into a prize draw to win a trip for two to the Dead Sea, including flights and accommodation for two nights.
Nosh, Movenpick Hotel Jumeirah Lakes Towers, Cluster A, daily sunset to 10.30pm. Tel: (04) 438 0000. movenpick.com
Novotel Dubai Al Barsha
COST: Dhs125 (half-price children aged 12 to 16, free for children below 12)
Novotel Al Barsha is hosting a special Moroccan iftar at its 365 restaurant, with an array of traditional dishes prepared by a chef who has flown in from Morocco for the occasion.
365, Novotel Dubai Al Barsha, daily from sunset. Tel: (04) 304 9000. novoteldubaialbarsha.com
Offering iftar every day at the upscale restaurant Nikki Prive, you can enjoy a modern interpretation of iftar at Nikki Beach Club. Expect twists on classic dishes including Looz Shorba, Raheb, Kibbeh, Moutabel and more.
Nikki Prive, Nikki Beach Club, Pearl Jumeira, daily from sunset. Tel: (04) 376 6162. nikkibeach.com
Nine7One, The Oberoi
Impeccably decorated, Nine7One Majlis offers a buffet with lamb ouzi, camel meat, shish taouk and umm ali among other varieties. There is also shisha available in the courtyard.
Nine7One, The Oberoi, Business Bay, daily from sunset. Tel: (04) 444 1407. oberoihotels.com
Enjoy an elegant iftar in Ninive’s urban majlis, with dishes served to the table in a relaxed and refined atmosphere with live entertainment from kanun and oud players, as well as games of backgammon.
Ninive, Jumeirah Emirates Towers, daily 7pm to 9pm. Tel: (04) 326 6105. ninive.ae
Olea, Kempinski Hotel Mall of the Emirates
The signature restaurant Olea offers Levantine cuisine with a variety of hot and cold mezze and main dishes including beef oyster, chicken maqlooba, lamb okra, lamb mansaf, veal osso bucco, shrimp mutaffa and more. For diners who want to pamper their families, you can even book a private iftar in the Aspen chalets with a chef for Dhs650 per person.
Olea, Kempinski Hotel Mall of the Emirates, Al Barsha, daily sunset to 9pm. Tel: (04) 341 0000. kempinski.com
Ostro, dusitD2 Kenz Hotel
Ostro’s iftar menu consists of selected nourishing soups, cold mezze, cold appetizers, salads, hot mezzeh, Mediterranean and Arabic main courses, as well as traditional Emirati dishes. Also included are live cooking stations that will rustle you up fresh, hot and delicious favourites.
Ostro, dusitD2 Kenz Hotel, Barsha Heights, daily sunset to 9pm. Tel: (04) 567 2246. dusit.com/dusitd2/dubai
This picturesque spot is offering a three-course sharing iftar menu of well-loved Thai classics and signature dishes all designed for sharing.
Pai Thai, Al Qasr, Madinat Jumeirah, daily from sunset. Tel: 04 432 3232. jumeirah.com
Palace Downtown Dubai
Relax in the beautiful Ewaan Ramadan tent at Palace Downtown Dubai, a recreation of a traditional Arabic tent which spills out onto the Palace gardens. Linger after your meal to experience suhoor (10pm to 1am, Dhs170) over a relaxing shisha.
Palace Downtown, Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Boulevard, Downtown Dubai, daily sunset to 9pm. Tel: (04) 428 7951. theaddress.com
Modern Mexican eatery Peyote is offering a mezze-style iftar menu for Dhs125, which includes five starter plates and churros, or for Dhs198, you can add a main course. They will also be offering a special Moonlight Mocktail, with Dhs10 of every mocktail purchased donated to the Al Jalila Foundation.
Peyote, DIFC, daily from sunset. Tel: (04) 521 6300. peyoterestaurant.com/dubai
Qasr Al Sultan
Hosted in the newly built air-conditioned dome venue, expect a variety of Middle Eastern delicacies featuring appetizing hot and cold mezzes, Arabian grills, and indulgent desserts as well as live musical entertainment.
Qasr Al Sultan, near Dubai Parks and Resorts, daily from sunset to 9pm. Tel:(800) 785826. qasralsultan.ae
COST: Dhs250 (Dhs125 for children under 12, free for children under 4)
The world-famous QE2 cruise ship is hosting its first floating iftar and suhoor. A purpose-built (and air-conditioned) majlis will be set up on the ship’s largest deck, housing an Arabic buffet including live cooking stations, traditional Emirati dishes, mezze, desserts and classic Ramadan juices.
QE2, Mina Rashid, daily from sunset to 9pm. Tel: (04) 526 8888. qe2.com
Radisson Blu Hotel Dubai Deira Creek
The iftar here unites the hotel’s five restaurants for one giant buffet, so expect a wide selection of Arabic, European and Asian food.
Radisson Blu Hotel Dubai Deira Creek, daily sunset to 8.30pm. Tel: (04) 222 7171. radissonblu.com
Fancy a Japanese iftar? Try a set menu featuring an array of Japanese dishes including tuna sashimi pizza, nasu dengaku and steamed seabass. Free-flowing Voss sparkling and still water will accompany the feast.
Ramusake, DoubleTree By Hilton, Jumeirah Beach Residence, daily 7pm to 9.30pm. Tel: (04) 559 5300. ramusake.ae
Rang Mahal, JW Marriott Marquis
This award-winning restaurant will be serving a three-course set menu that celebrates Indian cuisine.
Rang Mahal, JW Marriott Marquis, Business Bay, daily sunset to 8.30pm. Tel: (04) 414 0000. jwmarriottmarquisdubailife.com
Enjoy a Cantonese-style iftar with dishes like sesame prawn toast, crispy duck with pancakes and sautéed prawns in a fiery red chili sauce on the special Ramadan set menu.
Royal China, Precinct Building 4, DIFC, daily from sunset to close. Tel: (04) 354 5543. royalchinadubai.com
Turkish restaurant Ruya is offering a selection of Anatolian-style dishes that are perfect for sharing. You’ll get to choose your main course, while soup, starters and desserts will all be served to the table.
Ruya Dubai, Grosvenor House Hotel, Dubai Marina, daily from sunset to 11pm. Tel: (04) 399 9123. ruyadubai.com
Salt & Pepper, Al Bandar Rotana
The all day dining restaurant in the Al Bandar Rotana at Dubai Creek is offering an international buffet including traditional Ramadan beverages and juices each day at sunset.
Salt & Pepper, Al Bandar Rotana, Dubai Creek, daily sunset to 8.30pm. Tel: (04) 704 2333. rotana.com
Saraya Ramadan Tent, Gate Avenue
This lavish Ramadan tent pop up takes shape in DIFC’s gate avenue, and has seating for 600 guests, 10 private Majlises, and live entertainment.
Saraya Ramadan Tent, Gate Avenue, daily from sunset. Tel: (050) 306 0628. Facebook.com/SarayTentdxb
Seasonal Tastes, The Westin Dubai Al Habtoor City
Seasonal Tastes restaurant hosts a buffet complete with Arabic cuisine stations.
Seasonal Tastes, The Westin Dubai, Al Habtoor City, daily from sunset. Tel: (04) 435 5577. westindubaialhabtoorcity.com
Sheikh Mohammed Centre For Cultural Understanding
COST: Dhs185 (half price for children)
‘Open Doors, Open Minds’ is SMCCU’s motto, and where better to get a true taste of the Holy Month? Held in the courtyard of a wind tower in Al Fahidi Historic District, your Emirati hosts will happily answer all your Ramadan questions once the fast is broken. A must-do for every Dubai resident, there is also a children’s club this year.
Sheikh Mohammed Centre For Cultural Understanding, Musallah Road, Bastakiya, daily from 6.30pm. Tel: (04) 353 6666. cultures.ae
Sofitel Dubai Jumeirah Beach
Expect a range of Arabic, Moroccan and Turkish cuisines at this iftar buffet.
Sofitel Dubai Jumeirah Beach, daily from sunset. Tel: (04) 448 4848. sofitel-dubai-jumeirahbeach.com
St. Regis Dubai
The St. Regis is hosting iftar in its stunning Astor Ballroom. Ideal for families and large groups, the buffet offers hot and cold mezze, soups and a delectable selection of main courses, plus eight desserts to choose from.
St. Regis Dubai, Al Habtoor City, daily from sunset to 9pm. Tel: (04) 435 5555. stregisdubai.com
Suq, Four Seasons Resort Dubai
Choose between Suq restaurant or a tented lounge for iftar and suhoor. Chef de Cuisine Yahya Osman has created an iftar buffet that is both steeped in Arabic flavours as well as international favourites (including a very well-stocked ice cream parlour).
Suq, Four Seasons Resort Dubai, Jumeirah Beach Road, daily sunset to 9pm. Tel: (04) 270 7777. fourseasons.com
Tagine, One&Only Royal Mirage
One of Dubai’s most established traditional iftars is at Tagine restaurant, which offers a mixture of buffet and a la carte options. Try the selection of Moroccan salads, lentil soup, chicken tagine with lemon confit and olives, and sherry fish charmoula, complemented by the sounds of oud and tabla.
Tagine, One&Only Royal Mirage, Al Sufouh, daily 7.30pm to 2am. Tel: (04) 399 9999. oneandonlyresorts.com
The Daily, Rove Hotels
Now, this is cool. With every purchase of a full price iftar at Rove, you’ll receive a voucher worth an additional iftar, which you can use yourself or pass on to a friend or family member. Alternatively, you can deposit your voucher inside a special box showcasing art by Mawaheb, a Dubai-based studio that works with people of determination. The vouchers will then be given to the artists and their families.
The Daily, Rove City Centre, Rove Trade Centre, Rove Healthcare City, Rove Dubai Marina, daily from sunset. More info on website.
The Palmery, Jumeirah Al Naseem
This stylish hotel is hosting iftar featuring Arabic cuisine in its signature all-day dining restaurant, The Palmery, named for the 1,000 palm trees located in and around the hotel.
The Palmery, Jumeirah Al Naseem, Madinat Jumeirah, daily sunset to 8.30pm. Tel: (04) 432 3232. jumeirah.com
The Courtyard, Manzil Downtown Dubai
The Courtyard in this Downtown hotel is one of the best spots in the city for a Ramadan feast. The culinary affair begins with cold mezze and soup followed by hot mezze and a sharing menu, complemented by four live food stations serving ouzi, shawarma, saj and falafel. Plus, two main courses and four skewers of grills will be served directly to the table. After the iftar, stick around for a serene suhoor that includes classic Ramadan dishes, traditional games, shisha and live performances.
The Courtyard, Manzil Downtown Dubai, Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Boulevard, daily sunset to 9pm. Tel: (04) 888 3444. vida-hotels.com
The Ritz-Carlton JBR
Break your fast with a traditional iftar buffet inside the specially constructed Amaseena majlis. There are nine food stations highlighting the best of Middle Eastern cuisine, from Moroccan to Lebanese and Gulf to Persian, and other international delicacies such as Peruvian and Italian.
The Ritz-Carlton, The Walk, JBR, daily sunset to 8.30pm. Tel: (04) 318 6150. ritzcarlton.com
The Talk, Movenpick Hotel Jumeirah Beach
Dine at The Talk and enjoy iftar accompanied by live entertainment courtesy of an oud player and shisha at the outdoor terrace.
The Talk, Movenpick Jumeirah Beach, daily from sunset. Tel: (04) 449 8834. movenpick.com
Tom & Serg
Tom & Serg’s Rule the Roast Ramadan menu returns. Choose between roast chicken with apricot and herb stuffing, Australian roast lamb, black angus rib eye or smoked vegetable and goat cheese cannelloni. All plates come with your choice of trimmings, sauces and chips, chicken salt and gravy. Be warned: Rule the Roast will only take place during the first week of Ramadan.
Tom & Serg, Al Joud Centre, Al Quoz, daily from 7pm. Tel: (056) 474 6812. tomandserg.com
Toro & Ko
The Barcelona-inspired tapas restaurant located at The Square, City Walk offers an alternative way to break the fast this Ramadan. The specially curated menu stays true to Toro & Ko’s roots with a three-course feast of traditional Spanish fare with New York-inspired twists including truffle croquettes, paella and padron peppers.
Toro & Ko, The Square, City Walk, daily from sunset. Tel: (800) 8676. torodubai.com
Turquoise, Rixos Premium Dubai
Turquoise is offering a range of dishes in line with its Turkish heritage, followed by an array of desserts and fresh fruits.
Turquoise, Rixos Premium Dubai, daily from sunset. Tel: (04) 520 0000. premiumdubai.rixos.com
The specially curated iftar menu rotates on a three day basis at 3-in-1 Vida Downtown. It’s a sharing menu inclusive of authentic Arabic dishes. Afterwards, sit back with a shisha on the terrace, admiring the views of Downtown Dubai.
3-in-1, Vida Downtown, Downtown Dubai, daily from sunset to 10pm. Tel: (04) 423 8899. vidahotels.com
Modern American restaurant Weslodge Saloon is offering an iftar set menu featuring popular dishes like the southern fried chicken, spice rubbed lamb ribs, double down hazelnut brownie and maple brulee.
Weslodge Saloon, JW Marriott Marquis, Business Bay, daily from sunset. Tel: (04) 560 1700. weslodge.ae