89 Dubai iftars to work your way through this Ramadan
From the quirky to the lavish, here are more Dubai iftars than you’ll be able to work your way through during the month of Ramadan.
We’ve put them in alphabetical order for you as there are just so many great options.
We’ll bring you some more curated lists – from the quirky to the fancy – soon. But for now, here’s a truly comprehensive list of the best places to break the fast in Dubai in 2016.
1. The Address Dubai Mall
You’ll find a classic buffet iftar at reliable Levant restaurant Na3Na3, with live cooking stations offering ouzi, Arabian grills, shawarmas and more. For larger parties, the Diamond Ballroom, with its graceful Arabesque décor, is serving a regionally inspired buffet throughout Ramadan.
The Address Dubai Mall, Downtown Dubai, Dubai, from sunset, Dhs220, Dhs110 under-12s. Tel: (04) 4388888. Metro: Burj Khalifa/Dubai Mall. theaddress.com
2. The Address Dubai Marina
The huge Constellation Ballroom is transformed into a modern Arabesque wonderland, which seats up to 400 people, with a wide selection of seasonal favourites on offer as well as an international buffet.
The Address Dubai Marina, Dubai, from sunset, Dhs210. Tel: (04) 4367777. Metro: Dubai Marina. theaddress.com
3. The Address Montgomerie
A glass tent overlooking a championship golf course, The Address Montgomerie is a unique iftar buffet venue. Here’s a top tip for football fans: Euro 2016 will also be televised live via big screens in the tent.
Emirates Hills, Dubai, from sunset, Dhs170, Dhs90 under-11s. Tel: (04) 4367777. ramadanexperiences.com
4. Alserkal Avenue
Forget the usual big buffets and long queues. This quirky pop-up in Al Quoz lets you choose a modern Arabic three-course meal in the transformed yard space. There’s even quail terrine on the menu.
Alserkal Avenue, Al Quoz 1, Dubai, from sunset, Dhs90. Tel: (056) 4993061. Taxi: Alserkal Avenue. alserkalavenue.ae
5. Anantara Dubai The Palm Resort & Spa
Take in the stunning sunset views over the sea before tucking into a feast of Middle Eastern and international dishes at Crescendo, while a kanoun player entertains.
Anantara Dubai The Palm Resort & Spa, Palm Jumeirah, Dubai, sunset to 10.30pm, Dhs185. Tel: (04) 5678304. Taxi: Anantara, The Palm, East Crescent. anantara.com
6. Armani Hotel Dubai
In the elegant majlis at Armani Hotel Dubai inside the world’s tallest building, break your fast with some signature dishes and a daily-changing collection of iftar classics at the Saraya tent.
Armani/Pavilion, Armani Hotel Dubai, Burj Khalifa, Downtown Dubai, Dubai, sunset to 9pm, Dhs250. Tel: (04) 8883666. Metro: Burj Khalifa/Dubai Mall. dubai.armanihotels.com
7. Bab Al Shams Desert Resort & Spa
Travel to the desert for a traditional iftar in this five-star resort. Tuck into Arabic delicacies at Al Hadheerah, while enjoying live table and oud music. The best part is the live camel caravan and horse show on the surrounding dunes.
Bab Al Shams Desert Resort & Spa, near Endurance City, Dubai, sunset to 8pm, Dhs250. Tel: (04) 8096194. Taxi: Bab Al Shams. meydanhotels.com
8. Big Chefs
Bring the family along for the hefty three-course iftar, including mezze platter, roast leg of lamb, roasted harissa chicken and blueberry kunefa.
The Beach JBR, Dubai Marina, Dubai, sunset to 11pm, Dhs149. Tel: (04) 5515302. Metro: Nakheel. bigchefs.co. ALSO: Boxpark
The meaty restaurant is channeling a Turkish feel, dishing up dates, mezze including circassian chicken, manti dumplings, and beef tenderloins for mains.
The Beach, JBR, sunset to 11.45pm, Dhs150. Tel: (04) 5330684. Metro: Dubai Marina. facebook.com/ButchaDubai
10. Centro Barsha
Expect a buffet of main courses, salads, desserts and juices at the contemporary restaurant C.Taste. Groups of ten get a 20 per cent discount.
Centro Barsha, Al Barsha, Dubai, sunset to 10.30pm, Dhs99. Tel: (04) 7040000. Metro: Mall Of The Emirates. rotana.com
11. Circle Café
Low seating, pallet tables and board games will be set up for this stylish iftar alongside the Dubai Mall ‘silver surfer’ fountains. Expect a special a la carte menu with butter chicken, biryani, eggplant makloube, lamb shoulder, zaatar chicken and more.
Ground floor, The Dubai Mall, from sunset. Tel: (04) 3380049. Metro: Burj Khalifa/Dubai Mall. circle-cafe.com
Citycafé in both Citymax locations will be hosting an iftar buffet filled with Arabic classics as well as international dishes.
Citymax Hotel, Kuwait Street, Al Mankhool, Dubai, sunset to 9pm, Dhs69. Tel: (04) 4078000. Taxi: Citymax. citymaxhotels.com. ALSO: Al Barsha
13. Comptoir 102
Healthy and nutritious food options are served at Comptoir 102, whose signature organic Ramadan dishes include lentil soup, chickpea salad and date-based desserts providing just the right amount of energy for your body.
Jumeirah Beach Road, Dubai, from sunset. Tel: (04) 3854555. Taxi: Beside Choueri Real Estate. comptoir102.com
Coya’s food continues to impress, especially during Ramadan when its Latin American fare meets Arabian flair. Think Peruvian bean soups, succulent lamb shoulder, sweetcorn cazuela and date cakes.
Jumeirah Beach Road, Dubai, daily 7pm to 12.30am (the special iftar menu is served from sunset to 8pm), Dhs240. Tel: (04) 3169600. Taxi: Four Seasons. coyarestaurant.com
15. Crowne Plaza Dubai
Restaurant Al Dana plays host to Crowne Plaza’s iftar celebrations this year, with a focus on Arabic food and international cuisine.
Crowne Plaza Dubai, Sheikh Zayed Road, Dubai, sunset to 10pm, Dhs145 under-12s half price. Tel: (04) 3311111. Metro: Emirates Towers. fundining.ae
16. Crumbs Elysée
A casual iftar spread featuring Arabic and international fare plus live pasta and eggs stations.
Crumbs Elysée, Indigo Central 8, Al Manara, Dubai, sunset to 9pm, Dhs99. Tel: (04) 3468899. Taxi: Al Manara. crumbselysee.com
Explore flavours of the Arab world at Delphine buffet items change daily.
The H Hotel, Sheikh Zayed Road, Dubai, sunset to 8.30pm, Dhs170. Tel: (04) 5018888. Metro: World Trade Centre. innovativedining.com
18. DoubleTree By Hilton
Emirati art, cooking stations and live music create a buzzing atmosphere at Al Maeda. Finish with shisha and tea on the terrace.
The Walk, Jumeirah Beach Residence, Dubai, 7pm to 2am, Dhs119 (1st week) Dhs139 (thereafter). Tel: (04) 4533333. Metro: Jumeirah Lake Towers. doubletree.com
19. Dubai Polo & Equestrian Club
The buffet inside Palermo will be an international one, with views over the polo field. Think fine cuts of beef, seafood and puddings galore. Elsewhere, Barooda hosts a buffet with oud melodies playing in the background.
Opposite Arabian Ranches, Dubai, sunset to 11pm, Dhs190, Dhs80 under 12s, Dhs150 (Barooda iftar). Tel: (04) 3618111. Taxi: Dubai Polo Club. poloclubdubai.com
Dine with a difference at DIFC’s Dusty’s, which is serving unlimited snacks, such as truffle fries and mini wagyu burgers.
Al Fattan Currency House, DIFC, Dubai, 7pm to 10pm, Dhs200. Tel: (04) 3455435. Metro: Financial Centre. facebook.com/Dustys.Dubai
The beachside breakfast spot is serving a European twist on iftar, with dishes including quinoa paella and chocolate French toast.
The Beach opposite JBR, Dubai Marina, Dubai, sunset to 3am, Dhs80. Tel: (04) 4307252. Metro: Nakheel. eggspectation.com
22. Emirates Grand Hotel
Panorama restaurant will be hosting an Arabic and international buffet and a live oud player.
Emirates Grand Hotel, Sheikh Zayed Road, Dubai, from sunset, Dhs119. Tel: (04) 3230000. Taxi: Emirates Grand Hotel. emiratesgrandhotel.com
23. Fairmont Dubai
Cascades restaurant is hosting an Asian, local and North African buffet spread.
Fairmont Dubai, Sheikh Zayed Road, Dubai, sunset to 9.30pm, Dhs170. Tel: (04) 3118316. Metro: World Trade Centre. facebook.com/TheFairmontDubai
24. Firebird Diner
DIFC’s latest restaurant, the fine-dining US diner Firebird, is bringing big sharing dishes to the table, with a focus more on classic American favourites.
Four Seasons Hotel DIFC, Gate Village 9, Dubai, sunset to 2am, Dhs200. Tel: (04) 5060000. Taxi: Four Seasons DIFC. fourseasons.com
25. Fortnum & Mason
Iftar with a British twist, including confit duck and quinoa salad, braised lamb shank, and Stilton tart.
Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Boulevard, Downtown Dubai, Dubai, from sunset, Dhs195. Tel: (04) 3882627. Metro: Burj Khalifa/Dubai Mall. fortnumandmason.ae
26. Four Seasons Resort Dubai
Choose between Suq restaurant or a tented lounge for iftar and suhoor. Try one of the 18 homemade ice creams.
Jumeirah Beach Road, Dubai, sunset to 9pm, Dhs225, Dhs112 under-12s. Tel: (04) 2707777. Taxi: Four Seasons. fourseasons.com
27. Fume Downtown
At Fume Downtown, expect favourite dishes alongside their take on traditional fare such as the Fumezze platter, Fume Mehsawi’m mixed grill, and Um Ali pudding.
Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Boulevard, Downtown Dubai, Dubai, sunset to 8:30pm, Dhs139, Dhs70 under-12s. Tel: (04) 4568784. Taxi: Manzil. fume-eatery.com
28. Galeries Lafayette Le Gourmet
It may be a department store but this mall favourite puts on a great spread bringing together salads, Arabian grills and Moroccan classic dishes.
Galeries Lafayette, The Dubai Mall, sunset to 9.30pm, Dhs165, under-12s Dhs80. Tel: (05) 6549388. Metro: Burj Khalifa/Dubai Mall. galerielafayettedubai.com
29. Gloria Hotel
La Terasse whips up an authentic iftar buffet, complete with oud player and live cooking stations, including BBQ, falafel, shawarma, sushi and more.
Gloria Hotel, Indigo Icon Tower, Sheikh Zayed Road, Dubai, sunset to 11pm, Dhs135. Tel: (04) 3996666. Metro: Internet City. gloria-hotels.com
30. Grand Hyatt Dubai
Pulling out all the stops, the Grand Hyatt is transforming Al Ameera Ballroom into a stunning iftar venue with an array of regional and international cuisine from live cooking stations. They will also be flying in chefs from renowned restaurants around the world including Syrian ice cream maker Bakdash from Souk Al Hamidiya of Damascus.
Grand Hyatt Dubai, Oud Metha, Dubai, sunset to 9pm, Dhs195. Tel: (04) 3172222. Taxi: Grand Hyatt. dubai.grand.hyatt.com
31. Grand Millennium Dubai
Mediterranean and international buffet at Venetian-style restaurant, The Atrium.
Tecom, Dubai, sunset to 11pm, Dhs129. Tel: (04) 4299999. Metro: Grand Millenium Dubai. grandmillenniumdubai.com
32 The Hide
Embrace your carnivorous side with a sharing meat ‘feasting tray’ of whole braised lamb shoulder with all the roast trimmings, at this new meat-lovers’ favourite.
Al Qasr, Madinat Jumeirah, Dubai, 6pm to midnight, Dhs225. Tel: (04) 4323232. Taxi: Madinat Jumeirah. jumeirah.com
33. Hilton Dubai Jumeirah Resort
The Oceana restaurant is transformed into a majlis with a special buffet of traditional and international delicacies.
Hilton Dubai Jumeirah Resort, The Walk, JBR, Dubai, sunset to 10pm, Dhs185. Tel: (04) 3991111. Taxi: Hilton JBR. hilton.com
34. The Hutch
Discover what a Moroccan iftar with a Parisian twist tastes like at The Hutch, the new colourful café in The Mall, where you’ll find a mix of mezze, tagines, juices and sweet French desserts.
The Mall, Jumeirah Road, Umm Suqeim, Dubai, sunset to 2am, Dhs125. Tel: (04) 3888598. Taxi: The Mall, opposite Jumeirah Beach Hotel. thehutchrestaurant.com
35. Hyatt Regency Dubai
The revolving rooftop restaurant, Al Dawaar, is the unique setting for iftar at Hyatt Regency Dubai. The spread includes traditional Arabic dishes.
Hyatt Regency Dubai, Deira, Dubai, sunset to 10pm, Dhs190. Tel: (04) 3172222. Taxi: Hyatt Regency Dubai. dubai.regency.hyatt.com
36. Hyatt Regency Dubai Creek Heights
Browse the international buffet at Sufra, a new iftar offering this year.
Hyatt Regency Dubai Creek Heights, Umm Hurair 2, Dubai, from sunset, Dhs140. Tel: (04) 5531234. Metro: Dubai Healthcare City. dubaicreek.regency.hyatt.com
37. 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.
InterContinental Dubai Marina, Dubai, sunset to 9.30pm, Dhs165. Tel: (04) 4466669 . Taxi: InterContinental Dubai Marina. icmarinadining.com
38. Jumeirah Beach Hotel
Latitude has gone all out for Ramadan, with an enormous three-room buffet spread serving traditional Arabian cuisine.
Jumeirah Beach Hotel, Jumeira Road, Dubai, sunset to 8.45pm, Dhs210. Tel: (04) 4323232. Taxi: Jumeirah Beach Hotel. jumeirah.com
39. Jumeirah Zabeel Saray
Al Nafoorah – within the stunning hotel on The Palm – puts on a traditional Lebanese iftar spread of mezze, main courses and desserts until 8.30pm. There is also shisha until midnight.
Jumeirah Zabeel Saray, Palm Jumeirah, Dubai, sunset to 8.30pm, Dhs215, under-12s half price. Tel: (04) 4530444. Taxi: The Palm, West Crescent. jumeirah.com
40. JW Marriott Hotel Dubai
The Market Place restaurant is serving an iftar buffet with live cooking stations serving authentic Arabic dishes, sweets and Ramadan drinks.
JW Marriott Hotel Dubai, Abu Baker Al Siddique Road, Deira, sunset to 8.30pm, Dhs185. Tel: (04) 2624444. Metro: Abu Baker Al Siddique. marriottdiningatjw.ae
41. 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 extensive buffet of international and Arabic flavours.
JW Marriott Marquis, Business Bay, Dubai, sunset to 8.30pm, Dhs195. Tel: (04) 4143000. Metro: Business Bay. marriott.com
42. Kempinski Hotel & Residences Palm Jumeirah
A special tent hosts a buffet consisting of Arabic and international delicacies.
Kempinski Hotel & Residences Palm Jumeirah, Palm Jumeirah, West Crescent, Dubai, sunset to 9pm, Dhs185. Tel: (04) 4442000. Taxi: Palm Jumeirah. kempinski.com
43. Kempinski Hotel Mall Of The Emirates
Levant specialities at Kempinski’s Olea restaurant, including grills and fresh bread complete with live cooking stations and refreshing juices. Oh, and Arabic ice cream too.
Kempinski Hotel Mall Of The Emirates, Al Barsha, Dubai, sunset to 9pm, Dhs175. Tel: (04) 3410000. Metro: Mall Of The Emirates. kempinski.com
44. Le Méridien Dubai Hotel & Conference Centre
Try some Arabic specials, including juices, lamb ouzi and desserts, at this buffet inside the Falcon Ballroom, complete with an oud player.
Le Méridien Dubai Hotel And Conference Centre, Airport Road, Garhoud, Dubai, sunset to 8.30pm, Dhs149. Tel: (04) 2170000. Metro: GGICO. lemeridien-dubai.com
Between the cooking stations and live Arabic music and entertainment, there’s plenty to take in at this traditional iftar buffet.
Al Ghurair Rayhaan By Rotana, Deira, Dubai, 7pm to 9pm, Dhs139. Tel: (04) 2933000. Metro: Union Square. rotana.com
46. Madinat Jumeirah
One of Dubai’s best Ramadan venues, the Madinat Arena’s Al Majlis returns, with an extensive buffet and live cooking stations serving up to 1,000 guests each night. Stay for suhoor, with shisha served from 10pm until 3am.
Madinat Jumeirah, Al Sufouh Road, Dubai, sunset to 9pm, Dhs210. Tel: (04) 3366730. Taxi: Souk Madinat. jumeirah.com
47. Manzil Downtown Dubai
The Boulevard Kitchen’s food is consistently good so we imagine the iftar buffet, including live cooking stations as well as hot and cold mezze, will be top-notch. The famous courtyard is also one of the city’s favourite suhoor spots.
Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Boulevard, Downtown Dubai, Dubai, sunset to 10pm, Dhs170, Dhs85 under-12s. Tel: (04) 4238899. Taxi: Manzil Hotel. vida-hotels.com
Try a spin on iftar with Mazaher’s themed entertainment evenings – such as Khaleeji Night on Mondays and Beirut Night on Thursdays. The special menu features typical Lebanese mains accompanied by traditional Ramadan juices and deserts.
Convention Tower, Dubai World Trade Centre, Dubai, sunset to 9pm, Dhs135. Tel: (04) 3555533. Metro: Dubai World Trade Centre. mazaher-dubai.com
49. Media Rotana
Channels restaurant rustles up a spread of Arabic and international fare, including grills and a variety of mezze. Follow this up with a laidback suhoor in The Terrace Tent.
Media Rotana, Tecom, Dubai, sunset to 8.30pm, Dhs175. Tel: (04) 4350201. Metro: Dubai Internet City. rotana.com
50. Meliá Dubai
Meliá Dubai’s restaurant Signature By Sanjeev Kapoor will offer something for everyone this Ramadan as they present their classic four-course iftar meal, which includes the restaurant’s Indian classics presented with an Arabesque twist.
Bur Dubai, Dubai, sunset to midnight, Dhs149. Tel: (04) 3868111. Taxi: Melia Dubai. melia.com
51. The Meydan Hotel
Overlooking the impressive racecourse, The Meydan Hotel’s Sky Bubble is offering a lavish buffet of Middle Eastern cuisine and a selections of international dishes.
The Meydan Hotel, Al Meydan Road, Nad Al Sheba, Dubai, 7pm to 9pm, Dhs170. Tel: (04) 3813111. Taxi: Meydan. meydanhotels.com
52. Millennium Airport Hotel Dubai
Gozo Garden is serving authentic Arabic delicacies alongside international dishes this Ramadan, with live cooking stations creating a lively and friendly atmosphere.
Millennium Airport Hotel, Airport Road, Garhoud, Dubai, sunset to 8pm, Dhs149. Tel: (04) 7028888. Taxi: Millennium Airport. millenniumhotels.com
53. More Café
A special set menu is available at More Café inside Mall Of The Emirates this Ramadan. Highlights include Arabic fish stew, lamb kebab and shish taouk.
Mall Of The Emirates, Al Barsha, Dubai, from sunset, Dhs95. Tel: (04) 3474696. Metro: Mall Of The Emirates. morecafe.co
54. Mövenpick Hotel & Apartments Bur Dubai
Fountain restaurant will be serving international delicacies, along with traditional Arabic fare such as ouzi, shawarma and sweets. Meanwhile, Indian restaurant Chutney’s presents a buffet filled with sub-continental cuisine. Expect Indian salads, biryani, mixed veg curry, murgh makhani and more.
Mövenpick Hotel & Apartments Bur Dubai, 19th Street, Oud Metha, Dubai, sunset to 9.30pm, Dhs140 (Fountain), Dhs130 (Chutney’s). Tel: (04) 3104320 Taxi: near Lamcy Plaza. moevenpick-hotels.com
55. Mövenpick Hotel Ibn Battuta Gate
Iftar here has been inspired by explorer Ibn Battuta’s travels through India, Italy, Morocco and Asia. You can dine beneath 88 enormous lanterns while listening to the live sounds of traditional kanoun.
Mövenpick Hotel Ibn Battuta Gate, near Ibn Battuta Mall, Dubai, sunset to 9pm, Dhs170. Tel: (04) 4440000. Metro: Ibn Battuta. moevenpick-hotels.com
56. Mövenpick Hotel Jumeirah Beach
Celebrate with family and friends over a traditional iftar buffet offering a variety of hot and cold mezzes, live cooking stations, refreshing juices and all the seasonal favourites while live oud players creates a peaceful atmosphere.
Mövenpick Hotel Jumeirah Beach, JBR, Dubai, sunset to 10.30pm, Dhs160, under-12s free. Tel: (04) 4498888. Taxi: Mövenpick Hotel Jumeirah Beach. moevenpick-hotels.com
57. Mövenpick Hotel Jumeirah Lakes Towers
The hotel’s star restaurant Nosh is the setting for this iftar of Arabic grills and mezze. If you break your fast here, you’ll be entered into a draw to win round-trip tickets for two to Jordan with three nights’ accommodation, including breakfast at Mövenpick Resort & Spa Dead Sea.
Mövenpick Hotel Jumeirah Lakes Towers, Cluster A, Dubai, sunset to 10.30pm, Dhs130, under-sixes free, under-12s half price. Tel: (04) 4380000. Metro: Jumeirah Lakes Towers. moevenpick-hotels.com
58. Nassima Royal Hotel
Served inside Celsius restaurant, Nassima Royal Hotel’s iftar is served as an extensive buffet including Arabic, international and Asian food.
Nassima Royal Hotel Dubai, Sheikh Zayed Road, Dubai, sunset to 9pm, Dhs159. Tel: (04) 3080000. Taxi: Nassima Royal. nassimaroyalhotel.com
59. The Oberoi
The Business Bay hotel is opening up their ballroom for an impressive and traditional iftar spread featuring all the regulars as well as live music.
Business Bay, Dubai, sunset to 9.30pm, Dhs195. Tel: (04) 4441407. Metro: Business Bay. oberoihotels.com
60. One&Only Royal Mirage
A hearty array of Middle Eastern and northern European food with an open kitchen and views overlooking the gardens.
One & Only Royal Mirage, Al Sofouh, Dubai, from sunset, Dhs210. Tel: (04) 3999999. Taxi: One&Only Royal Mirage. oneandonlyresorts.com
61. Palace Downtown Dubai
A beautiful Ramadan tent at Ewaan that spills out onto The Palace’s Gardens, this live oud-filled venue offers one of the most evocative offerings for iftar this year. Alternatively, guests can visit the Royale Ballroom, which has impressive views of Burj Lake. It’s perfect for large family gatherings.
The Palace Downtown Dubai, Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Boulevard, Downtown Dubai, Dubai, sunset to 9pm, Dhs240, Dhs120 under-12s, Dhs210 Royale Ballroom. Tel: (04) 4287951. Metro: Burj Khalifa/Dubai Mall. theaddress.com
62. Park Hyatt Dubai
Café Arabesque serves a grand buffet of traditional delights. Elsewhere, guests can head to Palm Garden Ramadan tent after for some shisha.
Park Hyatt Dubai, Dubai Creek Club Street, Dubai, sunset to 9pm, Dhs200. Tel: (04) 6021814. Taxi: Park Hyatt Dubai. dubai.park.hyatt.com
63. Pots, Pans and Boards
Michelin-starred chef Tom Aikens has curated a special a la carte iftar, including a family-style lamb mansaf, finished off nicely with mahalabia and pistachio ice cream (for an extra Dhs20).
The Beach JBR, Dubai Marina, Dubai, sunset to 11pm, Dhs125. Tel: (04) 4561959. Metro: Nakheel. facebook.com/potspansandboards
64. Pullman Dubai Creek City Centre
The Medley is serving a buffet of traditional Arabic food with soft drinks and Ramadan juices.
Pullman Hotel, Dubai Creek City Centre, Port Saeed Road, Dubai, sunset to 11pm. Dhs175. Tel: (04) 2941222. Taxi: Pullman Deira. pullmanhotels.com
65. Pullman Dubai Jumeirah Lakes Towers
A buffet iftar will be served at the hotel’s signature restaurant Seasons complete with traditional dishes and shisha in La Vue lounge.
Pullman Dubai Jumeirah Lakes Towers, Cluster T, Jumeirah Lakes Towers, Dubai, sunset to 9.30am, Dhs119. Tel: (04) 5671100. Metro: Dubai Marina. pullmanhotels.com
66. Radisson Blu Hotel Dubai Deira Creek
The iftar here unites the entire hotel’s second floor restaurants for one giant iftar buffet so expect a wide selection of Arabic, European and Japanese food.
Radisson Blu Hotel Dubai Deira Creek, Bani Yas Road, Deira, Dubai, sunset to 10pm, Dhs169. Tel: (04) 2227171. Metro: Union Square. radissonblu.com
67. Raffles Dubai
The popular Azur restaurant at Raffles invites guests to its superb iftar with several live cooking stations including a huge ouzi and camel milk ice cream.
Raffles Dubai, Sheikh Rashid Road, Wafi, Dubai, sunset to 9pm, Dhs185. Tel: (04) 3248888. Taxi: Wafi. raffles.com
68. Ramada Plaza Jumeirah Beach
An Arabic buffet at Shores with traditional juices, as well as a designated pasta station, shawarma station, ouzi and oud player.
Ramada Plaza Jumeirah Beach, Bahar 7, Dubai, sunset to 8.30pm, Dhs139. Tel: (04) 4398888. Taxi: Ramada Plaza. ramadaplazajbr.com
69. Rang Mahal
This excellent Indian restaurant’s iftar menu includes 11 Indian dishes created using fresh and sustainable ingredients.
JW Marriott Marquis, Business Bay, Dubai, sunset to 8pm, Dhs325. Tel: (04) 4143000. Metro: Business Bay. Marriott.com
70. Reem Al Bawadi
This popular restaurant chain puts together a superb buffet (available until 8pm) with a huge mezze selection, alongside substantial main courses. After 8pm, guests can dine from the a la carte menu.
Sheikh Zayed Road, Al Manara, Dubai, from sunset, Dhs130, under-12s half price. Tel: (04) 3306663. Taxi: Al Manara, opposite Times Square. rexemalbawadi.com
Also: Jumeirah Beach Road, Dubai Marina, Downtown and Ramada Deira
71. The Ritz-Carlton Dubai
This year’s iftar will be hosted in the hotel’s ballroom, with a stunning buffet serving signature Arabic dishes and Ramadan juices.
Ritz-Carlton, The Walk, JBR, Dubai, sunset to 8.30pm, Dhs220. Tel: (04) 3186150. Metro: Dubai Marina. ritzcarlton.com
72. The Ritz-Carlton, Dubai International Financial Centre
Break your fast in style with a traditional iftar buffet inside the specially-constructed Ramadan majlis. Dishes sound inventive – particularly interesting-sounding is the Falafel waffle.
The Ritz-Carlton DIFC, Gate Village, DIFC, Dubai, sunset to 9pm, Dhs195, Dhs98 under-12s. Tel: (04) 3722222. Metro: Financial Centre. ritzcarlton.com
73. Royal China
Choose from the a la carte or set menu at the lavish Chinese restaurant. Highlights include organic chicken sautéed in malt caramel and light spicy sauce or fillet of baby lamb sautéed in dried chili.
Building 4, DIFC, Dubai, sunset to 9pm. Tel: (04) 3545543. Metro: Financial Centre. royalchinadubai.com
74. Seven Sands
Modern Emirati iftar, with refreshing jallab drinks and a buffet spread, featuring fresh maleh salad, Bedouin chicken dishes, margougah and traditional desserts.
The Beach JBR, Dubai Marina, Dubai, sunset to 9pm, Dhs145. Tel: (04) 5516652. Metro: Nakheel. sevensandsrestaurant.com
75. Shangri-La Hotel Dubai
From sunset, guests can indulge in an array of Middle Eastern specialities and beverages, including traditional Arabic cuisine from all over the region, as well as a variety of Arabic sweets and desserts at Dunes Café.
Shangri-La Hotel Dubai, Sheikh Zayed Road, Dubai, sunset to 8.30pm, Dhs175, Dhs150 first week. Tel: (04) 4052703. Metro: Financial Centre. shangri-la.com
Tuck into meaty kebab platters and freshly baked breads at this iftar feast that combines the tastes from both Lebanon and Iran.
Al Ghurair Arjaan By Rotana, Al Ghurair Centre, Deira, Dubai, sunset to midnight, Dhs149. Tel: (04) 2933000. Metro: Union Square. rotana.com
77. Sheikh Mohammed Centre For Cultural Understanding
‘Open Doors, Open Minds’ is SMCCU’s motto, and where better to get a true taste of Ramadan this holy month? Held in the courtyard of a wind tower in the 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.
SMCCU, Musallah Road, Bastakiya, Dubai, 6.30pm, Dhs135. Tel: (04) 3536666. Taxi: Bastikiya. cultures.ae
78. Sheraton Grand Hotel
Live cooking stations featuring hot and cold mezze such as hummus, fattoush, falafel and chicken shish tawook are on offer at all-day dining restaurant Feast, as well as a host of signature dishes from around the world.
Sheraton Grand Hotel, Sheikh Zayed Road, Downtown Dubai, Dubai, sunset to 11pm, Dhs199, under-sixes free, under-12s half price. Tel: (04) 5034204. Metro: World Trade Centre. sheratongranddubai.com
79. Sofitel Dubai Downtown
A mix of cooked seafood, mezze and an ouzi station are all part of the buffet spread at the trendy and colourful venue Les Cuisines inside the Sofitel in Downtown.
Sofitel Dubai Downtown, Sheikh Zayed Road, Dubai, sunset to 10.30pm, Dhs195 (children below 5 dine for free, those aged 6 to 12 at half price). Tel: (04) 5036111. Metro: Burj Khalifa/Dubai Mall. sofitel-dubai-downtown.com
80. Sofitel Dubai Jumeirah Beach
The popular AOC French Brasserie serves an international buffet spread complete with santoor player.
Sofitel Dubai Jumeirah Beach, Dubai, sunset to 11.30pm, Dhs140. Tel: (04) 4484848. Taxi: Sofitel JBR. sofitel.com
81. Sofitel The Palm
Perfect for big groups (50 to 150 people), Manava will host a huge iftar spread offering a range of culinary delights.
Sofitel The Palm, Dubai, sunset to 11pm, Dhs185, Dhs160 (50 people or more). Tel: (04) 4556677. Taxi:
Palm Jumeirah, East Crescent. sofitel.com
82. St Regis Dubai
At the new luxury St Regis hotel, you’ll find a traditional Arabic spread including juices, soups, mezze and grilled meats in a majlis in the beautiful Le Patio courtyard.
The St Regis Dubai, Al Habtoor City, Sheikh Zayed Road, Dubai, sunset to 8.30pm, Dhs195. Tel: (04) 4355577. Taxi: St Regis. stregisdubai.com
83. Steigenberger Hotel Business Bay
The new airy Bayside Restaurant And Terrace will be serving its first iftar buffet.
Business Bay, Dubai, sunset to 11pm, Dhs165. Tel: (04) 3690000. Metro: Business Bay. steigenberger.com
84. Taj Dubai
International venue Tesoro transforms its space into a buffet spread including Arabic dishes as well as Indian and international food, with a live shawarma counter and cool Arabic lounge music.
Taj Dubai, Burj Khalifa Boulevard, Dubai, sunset to 9.30pm, Dhs195. Tel: (04) 4383100. Metro: Business Bay. taj.tajhotels.com
85. Towers Rotana
Flavours On Two, the popular restaurant inside Towers Rotana, will serve Arabic fare as well as dishes popular in India, Pakistan and Asia.
Towers Rotana, Sheikh Zayed Road, Dubai, sunset to 8.30pm, Dhs149. Tel: (04) 3122201. Taxi: Towers Rotana. rotana.com
86. Vida Hotel Downtown Dubai
Carb up on home-baked savoury snacks, salads and other buffet-style appetisers before indulging in a set a la carte menu, which includes hammour and ouzi lamb.
Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Boulevard, Downtown Dubai, sunset to 10pm, Dhs160, Dhs80 for under-12s. Tel: (04) 4286888. Taxi: Vida Hotel. vida-hotels.com
87. W Dubai
Get a look at the brand new W Dubai hotel when you go for its iftar, which serves up a modern Mediterranean spin on a traditional spread.
Al Habtoor City, Sheikh Zayed Road, Dubai, from sunset, Dhs195. Tel: (04) 4355577. Taxi: St Regis. wdubaialhabtoorcity.com
88. Waldorf Astoria Dubai Palm Jumeirah
Waldorf Astoria has constructed a special tent for Ramadan this year. Expect a casual buffet spread inside with room large enough for up to 200 people.
Waldorf Astoria Dubai Palm Jumeirah, Dubai, sunset to 8:30pm, Dhs180. Tel: (04) 8182222. Taxi: Palm Jumeirah, East Crescent. waldorfastoria3.hilton.com
89. Zheng He’s
Tuck into some oriental delights from the a la carte Ramadan menu at this contemporary Chinese restaurant.
Madinat Jumeirah, Al Sufouh Road, Dubai, sunset to 11.30pm. Tel: (04) 4323232. Taxi: Mina A’Salam, Madinat Jumeirah. jumeirah.com